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).

(see Image detail HERE)

11 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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  5. I had the pleasure of seeing Nureyev dance live. His power is something I’ll never forget. He seemed to defy gravity.


    1. What an interesting person you are, Anna! And fortunate, indeed, to see Nureyev in person. Thanks for visiting and for sharing your memories. ❤️

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