Tag Archives: Alexei Ratmansky

Tolstoy speed read: Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina with the Mariinsky Ballet

Shchedrin: Anna Karenina *** Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, 3rd August 2017 How does one condense a Tolstoy epic for the stage? Prokofiev squeezed War and Peace down to a four hour opera, although it still contains some 70 named characters in … Continue reading

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Bolshoi reflections: creaky drama and a rising star in London

Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Taming of the Shrew, Le Corsaire We’re over a month into the BBC Proms season, yet I’ve only attended one concert thus far. What gives? Apart from a week away at Verbier Festival and Dorset … Continue reading

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Augurs of Spring: strong Mariinsky double bill in Cardiff

Mariinsky Ballet: Concerto DSCH/Sacre **** Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 17th April 2016 It’s difficult to know what shocked Parisian audiences more when The Rite of Spring caused a near riot at its 1913 première: was it Stravinsky’s music – pounding dissonances … Continue reading

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Ratmansky’s Mariinsky Cinderella: Once upon an urban fairy tale

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet **** Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House, 15th August 2014 It was clever programming to bookend the Mariinsky’s three-week London Summer Season with two Prokofiev full-length ballets – starting with its classic, but dated, Romeo and Juliet, … Continue reading

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