Wonderful and feel-good experience for all ages, attending opera or ballet in Kyiv National Opera House is a great idea for spending winter-holiday evening. Guests will have a chance to enjoy all-time classic performances and Christmas-themed concerts. «Destinations» narrows down top December 2017 performances in Kyiv Opera House.
One of the most beloved ballets, Swan Lake, is the classic love story between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette divided by the villainous sorcerer Rothbart in a story where true love conquers all.
Performance: December 16, 2017
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Ever since its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been an integral and irreplaceable part of Christmas celebrations worldwide and a work of theatrical exuberance synonymous with the unfettered joys of childhood wonderment. Kyiv National Opera House touching and multilayered version of the famous ballet is a spectacular re-imagining that has been greeted with rapturous acclaim by audiences whenever it is performed.
The story in 19th century Russia, where the idyllic, natural rhythms of life provide the backdrop to the fantastic dream journey of Fritz and Marie, the brother and sister at the center of the narrative. Audience will follow the bickering siblings through an astonishing dreamscape of fantastic creatures, places and events, before they finally arrive at the magical palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy, having grown into a new maturity and understanding. With Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score underpinning the entire spectacular affair, The Nutcracker is a ballet like no other.
Performances: December 12, 19, 24, 30, 31, 2017
Opera has plenty of femmes fatales, but there's only one Carmen. Spanish heat and gypsy passion are brought to the stage in Kyiv National Opera House vivid production of Bizet's opera. Carmen's allure proves spellbinding as she seduces a hapless corporal and then a dashing bullfighter. You’ll feel the heat as you’re captivated by Bizet’s bewitching melodies — the smoky Habanera, the playful Seguidilla, the provocative Gypsy Song. Every single melody in this ever-popular opera is a beloved hit, and each is brought to life by a cast of spectacular leading artists.
Performances: December 8, 2017.
The story of Scheherazade, as imagined by Léon Bakst and as choreographed by Michel (Mikhail) Fokine for the Ballets Russes, is an orgiastic explosion of seemingly mismatched colors and Persian spectacle. Premiering on June 4, 1910, the ballet featured Ida Rubinstein as the wanton Sultaness Zobeide and Vaslav Nijinsky as the "golden slave». Kyiv National Opera House brings an oriental fairy tale to life with «Scheherazade", one of the most popular ballets.
Performances: December 21, 2017.
El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat or Le tricorne) is a ballet choreographed by Léonide Massine to music by Manuel de Falla, commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev and premiered complete in 1919. It is not only a ballet with Spanish setting but the one that also employs the techniques of Spanish dance (adapted and somewhat simplified) instead of classical ballet. The story derives from the novella by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (born in Granada) and tells about a magistrate infatuated with a miller's faithful wife attempting to seduce her.
Performance: December 1, 2017.
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