Ballet

Nutcracker

P. Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker
80 Minutes.

Ballet in 2 acts 

Libretto by M. Petipa based on the story of E. T. A. Hoffmann “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”

The fairy tale tells the story about a wooden doll, which turns to be an enchanted prince, and a kind and brave Marie, who helps the prince to defeat the evil Mouse King. It is not only a fanciful tale, but also a story of childhood filled with sweet dreams and thrilling fairy tales, that is so dear to us.

The ballet music written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky is the most popular and the mostly performed classical music. The key attribute of the ballet is the vivid set design and spectacular costumes. 

Performance is presented without intermission

Sound recordings are used

Stages
Диригент-постановник

Igor Latsanych People’s Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Republic of Tatarstan

Балетмейстер-постановник

German Isupov

Художник-постановник

Yevhen Lysyk People's Artist of Ukraine, Laureate of the Shevchenko National Prize

Диригент

Yurii Bervetskyi Honored artist of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar (USA)

Libretto
Act 1

It is Christmas Eve. A family with friends has gathered in the parlor to decorate the beautiful Christmas tree preparing for the night’s festivities. Marie thinks about beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Marie’s godfather Drosselmeyer who is a toymaker presents children four lifelike dolls who can dance.  He also shows a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man, used for cracking hazelnuts. Marie is fascinated by funny nutcracker. Drosselmeyer likes her choice and tells her sad story of this toy.

Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom there lived charming Princess.  But the evil Mouse Queen turned her into ugly girl.  Only a young man who would get a kernel of a magic nut could save her. Charming Prince managed to get the kernel of the magic nut and the ugly girl turned again into the beautiful Princess. To revenge the Mouse Queen bewitched the charming Prince and turned him into clumsy Nutcracker.

The story told by Drosselmeyer makes Marie anxious. She refuses to play with more expensive and pretty dolls; the Nutcracker has become her favorite toy.  Soon Marie falls asleep. Suddenly strange rustle is heard in the room. Mice appear from the corners of the room. The Mouse Queen is triumphant: at last she has found the Nutcracker.  However it is not so easy to catch him because tin soldiers are defending him.  Marie throws her shoe at the Mouse Queen trying to save her friend.  Suddenly the Nutcracker turns into charming Prince and invites Marie to visit his beautiful kingdom. Surrounded by snowflakes Marie and Prince go to the Fairyland.

Act 2

In beautiful Fairyland Prince and Marie enjoy fascinating landscapes.  The Mouse Queen is defeated. The dolls and flowers greet Prince and Marie. In honor of the young heroine, a celebration of sweets from around the world is hold: chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, and tea from China candy canes from Russia all dance for their amusement; a string of beautiful flowers dance a waltz.

Marie awakes.  It was only a dream.  Smiled doll Nutcracker is near her.

About show

Every year during New Year holidays Lviv National Opera presents the ballet of Pyotr Tchaikovsky “The Nutcracker” which is always a box office hit. Families usually attend a performance since E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is one of the mostly marvelled fairy tales from the very childhood.  The story unfolds on Christmas Eve, enchants with festive and dreamy mood, and arouses overwhelming emotions of immersion into the magic world of childish dreams.

The fairy tale tells the story about a wooden doll, which turns to be an enchanted prince, and a kind and brave Marie, who helps the prince to defeat the evil Mouse King. It is not only a fanciful tale, but also a story of childhood filled with sweet dreams and thrilling fairy tales, that is so dear to us.

The ballet music written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky is the most popular and the mostly performed classical music: “Waltz of the Flowers”, “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” or the Arabian Dance are well known to every listener. The key attribute of the ballet is the vivid set design and spectacular costumes of numerous characters which change along the story.

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print*The theater reserves the right to replace performers
11 September 2017
print*The theater reserves the right to replace performers