Three Performances from April 27-29 

The Detroit Opera House will present the North American premiere of Barcelona Ballet’s Swan Lake for three performances from April 27-29. The performances mark the first time the company will present the work outside of Spain, where it premiered in 2010. Tchaikovsky’s haunting score will be played live by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.

The famed ballet, which Tchaikovsky wrote in 1876, tells of a young prince in love with a beautiful girl who is under the spell of a sorcerer. Forced to swim as a swan by day, she may only be human at night. Called “the world’s most beloved ballet,” Swan Lake showcases the spectacular choreography of Marius Petipá and Leiv Ivanov, with revisions by Barcelona Ballet founder and principal dancer Angel Corella. The company’s production is notable for being created entirely in Spain, with new set and costume designs by British scenographer Benjamin Tyrrell. Its premiere in 2010 marked the first time that a full-length ballet had been produced by a Spanish company in more than twenty years.

Founded in 2008 by principal dancer Angel Corella, Barcelona (formerly Corella) Ballet is the only classical ballet company in Spain, and works to provide professional opportunities for the country’s classical dancers to further their careers in their own country. Corella will dance the role of the prince at the Saturday evening performance.

Swan Lake is part of the Detroit Opera House’s 2011-12  Maggie Allesee Dance Series. The performances by Barcelona Ballet are made possible in part by a generous gift from the Betty, Marvin and Joanne Danto Dance Endowment.

A free conversation with the artists begins one hour prior to each performance in the auditorium.

Ticket prices begin at $29, and may be purchased in person at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit), by calling 313-237-SING, or online at Tickets may also be purchased at, at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Barcelona Ballet’s
Swan Lake

Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m.

At the magnificent Detroit Opera House

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