Marius Petipa, choreography
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Valeriy Ovsyanikov, conductor
Alina Cojocaru (Princess Aurora)
Federico Bonelli (Prince Florimond)
Christopher Saunders (KingFlorestan XIV)
Elizabeth McGorian (The Queen) Alastair Marriott (Cattalabutte)
Genesia Rosato (Carabosse)
Marianela Nuñez (Lilac Fairy)
The Royal Ballet
TV Director: Ross MacGibbon
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, Great Britain)
© BBC – 2006
The extract shown here shows the famous scene where Princess Aurora, on her sixteenth birthday, pricks her finger before entering into a deep sleep, and succumbing to the spell cast by the wicked fairy godmother. This production, directed by Dame Ninette de Valois, is very emblematic of the Royal Ballet of London, as it marked the beginnings of the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, where they remain as the resident company since 1946.
Sleeping Beauty is a ballet in one prologue, three acts and five tableaux composed by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Marius Petipa. It was premiered in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. To celebrate the christening of their child Aurora,…Learn more about this musical work
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