Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences, not least as presented with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers. Damiano Michieletto’s exhilarating production shows how contemporary the characters still are and how immediate and touching the story remains.
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company.
Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage. While Ashton’s Enigma Variations is most typically British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Completing the programme is Petipa’s Raymonda Act III – a Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique,
This Royal Ballet’s triple bill displays the variety of the Company. MacMillan’s Concerto embraces both the classical and the contemporary, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations, inspired by the life of Edward Elgar, has that quintessentially British charm. Raymonda Act III meanwhile, offers audiences the opportunity to experience the choreographic skills of renowned Russian dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev.
The evening will see role debuts in Concerto for Anna Rose O’Sullivan, James Hay, Yasmine Naghdi and Mayara Magri. These are followed by role debuts for Laura Moreraas Lady Elgar, Francesca Hayward as Dorabella and Matthew Ballas Troyte in Enigma Variations. In Raymonda Act III Russian dancers and Royal Ballet Principals Vadim Muntigirov and Natalia Osipova take on the technical challenges of Nureyev’s choreography, in his re-imagining of the final act of Petipa’s grand classical ballet.
A fantastic combination of ballet styles not to be missed.