||The different versions of “Swan Lake”
1964 – SCHWANENSEE
Vienna Staatsoper Ballet
First night was the 15th October 1977 at the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera House.
Scenery and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev as guest artists.
(Rudolf Nureyev danced in 51 of the 126 performances of this production given by the Vienna Opera Ballet between 1964 and 1988)
There were 89 curtain calls for the “first night” in Vienna! This event is in the “Guinness Book of Records”.
1984 - “LE LAC DES CYGNES”
Paris Opera Ballet
First night was the 20th December 1984 at the Palais Garnier
Scenery by Ezio Frigerio - Costumes by Franca Squarciapino with Elisabeth Platel and Charles Jude, as well as Patrice Bart (Rothbart / Wolfgang, the tutor)** and Karin Averty, Yannick Stephant, and Eric Vu-An in the “pas de trois” in Act I.
Karin Averty and Stéphane Prince danced the Czardas in Act III; Sylvie Clavier, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Wilfried Romoli, and Eric Cu-An, the Spanish dance; and Yannick Stephant and Jacques Namont, the Neapolitan dance.
This production was performed again at the Palais Garnier in 1985; in Créteil, Washington, and New York in 1986; in Copenhagen in 1987, at the Palais Garnier, in New York and Washington in 1988; at the Grand Palais for "La Danse en Révolution", and at the Athens Festival in 1989; at the Palais Garnier in 1990; in Brussels in 1991; in the Bastille Opera House in 1994; in Ferrare, and Nice in 1995; at the Palais Garnier in 1997; and in the Bastille Opera House in 1999 and 2002.
1990 - “Il Lago dei cigni”
Scala Opera Ballet in Milan
First night was the 7th July 1990
same production as that at the Paris Opera
with Isabel Seabra and Charles Jude (guest artist), as well as Rudolf Nureyev (playing Rothbart).
** Rudolf Nureyev also performed the dual role of Rothbart and Wolfgang, the tutor, at the Palais Garnier in 1985; in Washington and New York in 1986; in Copenhagen in 1987; again at the Palais Garnier, in New York and Washington in 1988; at the Grand Palais in Paris and at the Athens Festival in 1989; and at the Scala Opera House in Milan in 1990.