The Australian Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The first work it performed back in 1962 was Swan Lake – which reminds us that this celebrated ballet was featured on one of the coins in our 2010 Famous Ballets Silver Proof Coin Set.
Amazingly, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s first ballet was a disappointment when it opened in Moscow in 1877. But two years after its composer’s death, the 1895 revival at the Marynsky Theatre in St Petersburg met with critical acclaim.
Today, the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette is “the world’s most beloved ballet”.
Fans who may be interested in the limited coin set will also be delighted to know that the Australian Ballet has a beautiful new production of Swan Lake, while the Western Australian Ballet will shortly be performing another favourite, The Nutcracker.