21 / 06 / 2024

The Sleeping Beauty Heads for Armenia’s Capital

The next stop on our summer tour route is Yerevan. Our previous visit there took place over a year ago, as we delighted the capital of Armenia with Don Quixote last spring. This time around, in 2024, we are touring with The Sleeping Beauty. There will be three showings total at the Armenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alexander Spendiaryan: in the evening on 21 June and in the afternoon and evening on 22 June. The local public cannot wait to enjoy Tchaikovsky and Petipa’s choreographic interpretation of Charles Perrot’s fairy-tale: both enchantingly beautiful and unexpectedly philosophical. The National Theatre’s director, Karen Durgaryan (whom some in St. Petersburg may know as a passionate and charismatic orchestra conductor), notes that this ballet has not been staged in Armenia for quite a long time. And of course, Yerevan does not tire of emphasizing that the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre has very special ties with Armenia, as it is thanks to the collaboration between Aram Khachaturian and Leonid Yacobson that we now have one of the most famous ballets of all time: the legendary Spartacus.

In the evening shows, two main parts, Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré, will be played by Alla Chernova and Andrey Sorokin; and during the afternoon performance, by Valerie Gomez de Cadiz and Dmitry Sobolevsky. Our travelling companion in Yerevan will be Igor Tomashevsky, a young conductor from St. Petersburg. He will take charge of the Yerevan Opera Orchestra, which will accompany the ballet.