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Swan Lake


Boston Ballet in Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake by Ernesto Galan

Swan Lake

Exquisite dancing, enchanting music, and a timeless tale of love and loss.

February 27–March 16, 2025

Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake by Rosalie O’Connor

The Story

Swan Lake is a timeless story of love, betrayal, and sacrifice. On a hunting trip, Prince Siegfried discovers Odette, a woman who was captured and transformed into a white swan. Struck by her beauty, he vows eternal love, unaware that her captor Von Rothbart has been watching them. Von Rothbart has cast a spell on Odette that can only be broken by her one true love. To prevent the couple from breaking the spell, he tricks Prince Siegfried into declaring his love for his daughter Odile. Believing that Odette has come to him in masquerade, the prince happily selects Odile as his bride and unwillingly breaks his vow to Odette, dooming her to remain a swan forever. In the final act, a heartbroken Odette and regretful Siegfried reunite and destroy the evil sorcerer, but the spell cannot be undone.

Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake by Rosalie O’Connor

The Dancing

Renowned as a masterpiece, Swan Lake enthralls audiences with its coveted principal roles and iconic corps de ballet.The second act, originally choreographed by Lev Ivanov, is historically considered the finest piece of classical choreography for the corps de ballet. Revel in the technical precision and emotional tonality of dozens of dancers, brilliantly transformed by Robert Perdziola’s incomparable scenery and costume design.

Swan Lake is one of the world’s most iconic and beloved classical ballets. This production showcases the depth of talent within our Company, from the principal roles to the precision of the iconic corps de ballet scenes. The second act is one of the greatest pieces of corps de ballet choreography. It’s absolutely brilliant. One huge spectacle.”
–Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen

Mischa Santora and the Boston Ballet Orchestra by Angela Sterling

The Music

Audiences will fall in love all over again with P.I. Tchaikovsky’s masterful score. Boston Ballet’s Music Director Mischa Santora has elevated the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the second largest musical organization in New England, to new heights.

“Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and company’s adaption of Tchaikovsky’s pièce de résistance dazzles audiences with stunning audiovisuals, from the always-impressive athleticism of the dancers, to the instantly recognizable music, to the gorgeous sets and costumes…”
-Yiqing Shao, Boston Magazine

Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake by Rosalie O’Connor

The History

The original production premiered in 1877 with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Nissinen added a prologue that depicts the abduction of Odette and the beginning of Von Rothbart’s curse transforming her into a swan. Nissinen collaborated with award-winning designer Robert Perdziola to create the sets and costumes inspired by the late Gothic and early Renaissance period.

“[Nissinen’s] Swan Lake is one of the most beloved ballets in the classical canon, filled with romance, sorcery, transformation, and sacrifice, not to mention lush, virtuosic choreography for corps and principals alike.”
-Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe


Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 28 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 1 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 2 at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 7 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 8 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 9 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 14 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 15 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 16 at 1:30 pm

With Appreciation

Boston Ballet’s production of Swan Lake was made possible by a generous gift from Lisa and Tom Blumenthal.

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Adaptation and additional choreography by Mikko Nissinen, after original by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Set and Costume Design

Robert Perdziola

Lighting Design

Mark Stanley

Projection Design

Seághan McKay

World Premiere

October 30, 2014, Boston Ballet, Boston Opera House

Original Premiere

January 15, 1895, Imperial Ballet, Maryinsky Theatre

Mikko Nissen's Swan Lake February 27–March 16, 2025