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The Sleeping Beauty

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Ph. Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
From 26 June to 9 July 2019
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Running Time: 3 hours 30 minutes intermissions included

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra

Teatro alla Scala Production


Conductor Felix Korobov
Choreography and staging Rudolf Nureyev
Sets and costumes Franca Squarciapino
Lighting Designer Marco Filibeck
Guest Artist Polina Semionova (26, 29 June)
Étoile Svetlana Zakharova (5, 9 July)




In his rendering of the dreamiest, most sumptuous of ballets, perhaps the ballet par excellence, Nureyev maintained the incredible purity of Petipa’s original choreography, just as he had learned it at the Kirov, but infused it with a fresh sense of theatrical drama and inner strength through remarkable variations and an articulated choreographic composition that reveals all of the characters’ psychological nuances. Indeed, it was to La Scala in 1966 that Nureyev entrusted the debut of “his” Sleeping Beauty, and now, twelve years after its last performance, his masterpiece returns to the stage with the magnificent sets created by Oscar winner Franca Squarciapino at La Scala in 1993, and Felix Korobov conducting the extraordinary score by Tchaikovsky.