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Sylvia

Sylvia

Royal Opera House, Bow Street London WC2E 9DD

Prices: £38.00 to 120.00

Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score.

Sylvia was Frederick Ashton’s second full-length ballet, created in 1952 as a sparkling showpiece for his muse Margot Fonteyn. Ashton used Delibes’ gorgeous 1876 score – famously beloved by Tchaikovsky, who praised its ‘charm and elegance… its riches in melody, rhythm, and harmony’. The ballet fell from the repertory but in 2004 was reconstructed by Christopher Newton for Ashton’s centenary –so rescuing from the archives a seminal work of Ashton’s English style.

Delibes’ first-rank ballet music inspired Ashton to create some of his most inventive dance imagery. There is a wealth of detail and fun in every character, and in Sylvia herself Ashton created one of the most surprisingly wide-ranging Principal roles. From the powerful huntress of Act I to the artful, witty woman who schemes her escape from pirates, and the rosy bride of the final scene, she emerges as a marvellously layered character – her challenging choreography a test to each new generation of Ashtonians.


How to get Royal Opera House?

Tube Station

Piccadilly

(3 mins) The Royal Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.

Rail Station

Charing Cross

Bus Routes

(Aldwych) RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68

(Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551

Parking

Drury Lane, Parker Street (7mins)

Congestion Zone

yes

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Performance Details

Booking From Wed, 22-Aug-2018
Booking Until Sat, 16-Dec-2017
Running Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Age Restriction

Seating Plan

Royal Opera House Seating Plan