Promo La bella durmiente ROH


Sleeping Beauty | Royal Ballet

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

2h 19m
Without subtitles

A timeless classic starring Fumi Kaneko and Federico Bonelli, which captures all the magic and virtuosity ballet has to offer.


The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet’s repertory. It was the ballet with which the Company reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn danced the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora in the first performance, with Robert Helpmann as Prince Florimund. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.


The masterful 19th-century choreography of Marius Petipa is combined with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Together they create an enchanting sequence of gems in the ballet repertory – from the iconic Rose Adage, when Aurora meets her four royal suitors, and the lilting Garland Waltz to the Vision pas de deux, as Florimund sees Aurora for the first time, and the celebratory divertissements and final pas de deux that bring the ballet to its glorious close. Throughout, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s masterful score takes ballet music to a height of passion, sophistication and intensity that arguably has never been surpassed.


With the collaboration of Naxos

Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Marius Petipa. Additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon

The Royal Ballet

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


Artistic team

Conductor | Simon Hewett

Choreographer | Marius Petipa

Additional choreographers | Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon

Production | Monica Mason and Christopher Newton after Ninette de Valois and Nicholas Sergeyev

Set designer | Ivan Vsevolozhsky

Original designer | Oliver Messel

Additional designer | Peter Farmer

Lighting designer | Mark Jonathan



Princess Aurora | Fumi Kaneko

Prince Florimund | Federico Bonelli

King Florestan XXIV | Christopher Saunders

The Queen | Elizabeth McGorian

Carabosse | Kristen McNally

Lilac Fairy | Gina Storm-Jensen

Cattalabutte | Thomas Whitehead


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