Virtuoso dancing and charming romance in two enchanting works by Frederick Ashton. In Rhapsody, his sublime setting of Rachmaninoff’s Theme of Paganini, the music’s dark brilliance inspires some of his most thrilling choreography, here performed by Principals Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae. An elegant counterpoint, The Two Pigeons is a charming two-act ballet on the nature of love – a modernist masterpiece of gentle humour and pathos. Danced by British Principal Lauren Cuthbertson and Russian Vadim Muntagirov, the story follows an artist in Paris who abandons his faithful love for an exotic and mysterious Gypsy Girl, only to realise the error of his ways. A tender and touching tale that even stars two live pigeons!
Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons
- Barry Wordsworth
- Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae, Lauren Cuthbertson, Vadim Muntagirov, Laura Morera, Ryoichi Hirano
- Sergey Rachmaninoff, André Messager
- Frederick Ashton
- Frederick Ashton, Jacques Dupont
- 2h52 incl. 2 intermissions
Based at the Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet, led by Director Kevin O'Hare, is Britain’s largest ballet company. The Company has a wide-ranging repertory showcasing the great classical ballets, heritage works from Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, as well as new works by the foremost choreographers of today.