Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

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PreviousApril 2022

The Nutcracker is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century ballet, an artistic testament to Marius Petipa, the famous choreographer who took charge of transporting the theatrical performance in Russia from a worrying stagnation to a bright new season; he drew the libretto inspired by the short story Nussknacker und Mausekönig by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann.

Petipa asked Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, whom he had met in 1875 presenting "Swan Lake" in Moscow, to complete the project. "Il Lago dei Cigni" did not achieve much success, however the timbric refinement and rhythmic suggestion of the great musician did not escape, and in fact the second ballet, "Sleeping Beauty" turned out to be a triumph and Petipa convinced Tchaikovskyto try a third adventure with "The Nutcracker".

Program and cast

Symphony Orchestra City of Rome

Conductor: Americo Caretti

With students of the Dance School "TANA DEI CIGNI"


Mariachiara Grasso – Francesco La Rosa

Original Choreography: Minea De Mattia

St. Paul’s within the Walls Church

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