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Get the story behind Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Swan Lake, a ballet that continues to thrill audiences with its romance, drama, tragedy and exquisite score
It might be an integral part of the repertoire now, but Swan Lake was a critical failure when it was first performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1877. The audience lapped it up though and the Moscow Ballet continued to perform it under budget cuts forced them to stop pull this expensive production from their repertoire in the early 1880s. The ballet wasn’t performed again until 1895.
Pictured: The Bolshoi Ballet at the Royal Opera House, 2006.
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