Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltser

As one of the quintessential ballets of all time, “Swan Lake” offers an unforgettable experience of romance, virtuoso dancing and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. Despite the poor reception of the premiere in 1877, it has become one of the most loved and frequently performed pieces. The technically demanding double role of Odette/Ottilie poses a challenge for any prima ballerina. Although “Swan Lake” has been restaged in many versions throughout the ballet’s history, most companies rely on the 1985 version by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Thomas Edur’s version combines beautiful dance classics with a loved story of romance, sorcery and the struggle between good and evil.

Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on April 15, 2016



  • Choreographer and Stage Director of the new redaction Thomas Edur
  • Thomas Edur’s version is based on Lev Ivanov’s and Marius Petipa’s choreography dating from 1895
  • Conductors Vello Pähn, Lauri Sirp, Kaspar Mänd
  • Designer Thomas Mika (Germany)
  • Lighting Designer Steen Bjarke (Denmark)