Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall

If I haven’t mentioned it already here, I’ll say it again – I love the Royal Albert Hall. Any production here, whether it’s an Emeli Sande concert or the BBC Proms, is always a treat. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine invited me to see English National Ballet's Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall. I hadn’t seen a Tchaikovsky production since our 2009 trip to Russia and  I couldn’t refuse the offer to see this beloved ballet although I am no ballet expert.  

The seats were amazing, so close that I could see the ballet dancers defined muscles and sculpted calves. It was beautiful production by the English National Ballet telling the story of Odette, a princess who turned into a swan by the Von Rothbart, an evil owl-like sorcerer. Later he attends a royal ball for Prince Siegfried with his daughter Odile whom he transformed to look like Odette (except she wears black of course). Prince Siegfried mistakes Odile for Odette, and the rest is history. Unlike other productions, this one had a happy ending. 

A beautiful evening at one of the my beloved concert venues in London. Thanks for the invite L!

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