Review: Swan Lake at Buxton Opera House

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Raymond Gubbay promote and present The Russian State Ballet of Siberia who performed in Buxton during their latest tour.

The company has an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. This proved to be the case with its production of Swan Lake.

Buxton Opera House was full and both the soloists and the corps de ballet were superb, the audience was clearly delighted by their ability.

The greatest classical romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable glorious score. The well known music so beautifully performed was conducted by Alexander Yudasin.

Meanwhile the dancers were absolutely superb, including Yuri Kudriavtsev as Prince Siegfried who was both graceful and gifted.

It was Prince Siegfried’s birthday and his mother (The Queen played by Vera Surovtseva) gave him an ultimatum to get married. The evil magician, Baron Rothbart, kept beautiful women as swans by the lake from which Prince Siegfried fell for Odette. The prince returned to the palace where his mother presentsed him with a string of women to choose a bride from. However Rothbart arrived with Odile (disguised as Odette).

From the impressive splendour of the palace to the moonlit lake where swans glided in perfect formation the tragic romantic tale had it all.

A truly stunning and glamorous performance.

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