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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky © Wikicommons
The Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the Ugly Duckling of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was the second in the trilogy, completed in 1889, but has neither the dramatic thrust of Swan Lake nor the calorific sugar-coated charm of The Nutcracker in terms of popular appeal. 

Stepping into Tchaikovsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ask anyone who claims to know nothing about ballet to actually name one, the chances are it will be one of Tchaikovsky's.

The Nutcracker: casting a Christmas spell

Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) in the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker © Bill Cooper | Royal Opera House
Along with chestnuts, turkey and Carols from Kings, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. It has become a staple part of the festive season. 
INTERVIEWS WITH SEMYON BYCHKOV

Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
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HamburgDer Nussknacker - Magische Performance

© Mark Allan
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a
Alexandra Dăriescu; Désirée Ballantyne

TokyoThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Wayne Eagling; National Ballet of Tokyo; Alexei Baklan; Naoji Kawaguchi; Ayako Maeda; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

AmsterdamChristmas classics at the movies

© Eduardus Lee
Silvestri, Tchaikovsky, Martin, Blake, Anderson, Rózsa, Williams, Coots, Bernard, Herbert, Gruber
North West German Philharmonic; Cameron Burns; Leonor Amaral

BudapestThe Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Hungarian National Ballet; András Déri; Gusztáv Oláh; Nóra Rományi

Sincerity itself: Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky

Semyon Bychkov © Musacchio Ianniello
Tchaikovsky has a special place in the heart of Russians. Semyon Bychkov caught the bug at an early age. In an interview, he reflects on what Tchaikovsky means to him, and the man behind the notes. 
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San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker proudly carries on the tradition

San Francisco Ballet in The Nutcracker © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet returns to the War Memorial Opera House with the beloved holiday classic that had its North American debut here.
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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake takes flight once again

Matthew Ball (Swan) and Liam Mower (Prince) © Johan Persson
Bourne's radical reworking of Swan Lake returns to Sadler's Wells, 23 years after its premiere. 
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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A redesign in Zürich

Yen Han and Matthew Knight (Clowns) and William Moore (Nutcracker), Nutcracker and the Mouse King © Gregory Batardon
In Zurich, ballet director Christian Spuck recently launched the second season of the multi-layered ballet he choreographed to the great P.I. Tchaikovsky score.
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A diva debut: Anna Netrebko in recital at Carnegie Hall

Anna Netrebko © Chris Lee
Netrebko put together a potpourri showcasting her immense vocal gifts as well as her versatility.
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