A special live-streamed performance tonight, Friday 13 November at 7.30pm GMT of the gala The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage, will be available through The Royal Opera House site for the next 30 days.
The programme includes the world premiere of Scherzo, a joyous new work featuring young members of the Company choreographed by first soloist Valentino Zucchetti, his first work for the main stage and seen in rehearsal during World Ballet Day.
Celebrated pas de deux from the repertory will see Swan Lake with Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales, Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody with Akane Takada and Alexander Campbell, Kenneth MacMillan's; Manon with Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli and Concerto with Yasmine Naghdi and Nicol Edmonds, Cathy Marston's In Our Wishes with Romany Pajdak and Calvin Richardson plus George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, with Royal Opera House debuts by Marcelino Sambé and Anna Rose O'Sullivan, and Le Corsaire with Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov.
The programme also includes Natalia Osipova in Fokine's Dying Swan solo plus Ashton's Dance of the Blessed Spirits with William Bracewell and Monotones II with Melissa Hamilton, Reece Clarke and Nicol Edmonds. The evening closes with a full performance of Christopher Wheeldon's ballet Within the Golden Hour featuring Sarah Lamb, Ryoichi Hirano, Fumi Kaneko, Reece Clarke, Anna Rose O'Sullivan and James Hay with artists of The Royal Ballet.
Top photo: Marianela Nunez in Le Corsaire, Royal Ballet Live, photo Emma Kauldhar © ROH 2020
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