After the success in Milan before the summer, La Scala now takes Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake to Paris for six performances at the Palais des Congrès. The production was coproduced with the Opernhaus in Zurich, where it had its premiere in February of this year.
Casting is the same as in Milan, with Nicoletta Manni and Timofej Andrijashenko (5, 10 and 13 November); Vittoria Valerio and Claudio Coviello (9 and 12 November) and the exciting new teenage talent Martina Arduino who will dance again with Nicola Del Freo for the matinee performance on 12 November. Rothbart will be played by Mick Zeni and Alessandro Grillo, and the dancing role of Siegfried's friend, Benno, will be taken on by Christrian Fagetti, Marco Agostino and Walter Madau.
Last year, the company took Giselle to Paris to great acclaim – Le Figaro: “Le Ballet de la Scala embrasse Giselle” – and if there is an audience who can fully appreciate Ratmansky's work on Swan Lake, it is the French.
La Scala's own orchestra will be playing for the opera in Milan, so the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc will accompany the dancers in Paris, conducted by Rossen Milanov.
Palais des Congrès, Paris
5, 9, 10, 12 (2 perfs), 13 November 2016
Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Laura Contardi, Jean-Philippe Halnaut,Tatiana Ratmansky and Jean-Franҫois Boisnon
Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc
Sets and costumes
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
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