- Filmed Performance
Prince Siegfried, celebrating his birthday, is told by his mother the Queen that he must marry. He runs to the lake unhappily to hunt swans, but they turn into girls, led by a wonderful Swan Queen (Odette). A powerful sorcerer has trapped them in a spell and Siegfried swears to release Odette by his love. No ballet has such deathless appeal as Swan Lake, a haunting fable of a young man’s naivety and a beautiful girl’s entrapment in swan’s feathers, all swept up in Tchaikovsky’s emotional music. This digitally restored and remastered 1976 film recording of a historic Bolshoi performance marked the centenary of the first ballet made on Tchaikovsky’s score.