Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev


Swan Lake, Op. 20

  • Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Dancers: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev
  • with members of Wiener Staatsopernballett
  • Ballet in 4 acts by: Vladimir Begitchev and Vasily Geltzer
  • Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker
  • Conductor: John Lanchbery
  • Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev
  • Directed: Truck Branss


Image source

Edgar Degas, The Entrance of the Masked Dancers (1882), Pastel on gray wove paper, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute – Williamstown, MA (United States), Image credit: The Clark (detail).

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful. I saw them first hand, in Kiev -never dying music

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    1. Wow!!!! That is wonderful – you are fortunate, indeed! 🙂

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      1. 🙂 It was an experience for sure

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  2. Oh I remember swan lake. But did you hear his 1812 overture. Its one of my fav.

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    1. Yes! I do love the 1812 Overture, also. Thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

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  3. blindzanygirl says:

    I love Swan Lake. Words can’t describe what I feel about it. Was introduced to it as a 13 year old and have loved it ever since

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that, Lorraine! Thanks so much for sharing such a special memory! 🙂
      Do you have a favorite dance or dancer or song in Swan Lake?


  4. Swan Lake‘s was the first ballet score I studied, a long time ago. It has six hundred pages! 🙂
    Do you like ballet? My sister is a dancer and an assistant of Robert North, a well known american choreographer. I’m very proud of her 🙂

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    1. Six hundred pages!?🤭 Oh yes, I do love ballet, though I am not a dancer. As with art, I am slowly learning more about the world of ballet. You must be so proud of your sister – few careers are as physically and artistically demanding. Dancers turn motion and music into magic, and I admire them tremendously. Thank you for sharing your memories of Swan Lake, Claudio. Good memories, indeed! 🙂

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