"Romeo and Juliet" becomes "Juliet and Romeo" when world-renowned choreographer Mats Ek presents his full-length work to Tchaikovsky's music, with its first performance of the Royal Swedish Ballet at the Royal Opera House. "It's time to turn things around", says Ek. One of Shakespeare's originals was in fact named "Juliet and Romeo", so this is a return to the story's source. And to use the music of Tchaikovsky, and not Prokofiev's, is also a signal. But the drama's bearing conflict with the young unprotected love versus the established violence, is still there – a tragedy in which love triumphs by going under.
Orchestra: Royal Swedish Orchestra
Performance venue: Royal Swedish OperaOverview
Music Program ARIANNA SAVALL, PETTER UDLAND JOHANSEN: HIRUNDO MARIS (ECM NEW SERIES ECMNS 2227)