Apollo / A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I attended a programme of ballet recently, Apollo and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Opera House. They were both conducted by Gavriel Heine, with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, with choreography by George Balanchine.

Apollo is a ballet in two scenes by Stravinsky. It was elegant and expressive, but I thought it lacked the power of other Stravinsky ballets I have seen. However, Vladimir Shklyarov was superb in the title role. Midsummer used Felix Mendelssohn’s music to tell the story of the Shakespeare play. The ballet benefited from a clear narrative and I found it hugely enjoyable. I particularly liked Vasily Tkachenko’s “Puck”. Overall, a lovely evening.

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