RNZB SWAN LAKE MacLean Hopper credit Ross Brown“In this anniversary year, I felt it appropriate to present a ballet that would encapsulate the RNZB’s history…I could think of no better way than to have Swan Lake performed. A production created by two celebrated New Zealand icons that have made such important contributions to the RNZB over the years: Russell Kerr and Kristian Fredrikson.”

- Ethan Stiefel

The 60th Anniversary season sees the return of the beloved ballet Swan Lake.

On Friday 26 July, Radio New Zealand Concert is offering a free download of Tchaikovsky’s captivating score to Swan Lake – the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s recording from the 1996 production, conducted by Patrick Flynn.

Listen now as audio on demand and enjoy your free download for 24 hours only from 5pm Friday 26th of July.

Pictured: MacLean Hopper as Von Rothbart. Photograph by  Ross Brown.

RNZB at COVER of the book edited by Anne Rowse and Jennifer Shennan web res

Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Sassman go behind the scenes at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in celebration of their 60th birthday.

Clarissa Dunn – Presenter/Producer
Hannah Sassman – Presenter/Producer
Jeremy Brick – Videographer

Photo Gallery

Historical and recent images of ballet in New Zealand

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