'The Winter’s Tale is a triumph. It is contemporary and classical, traditional and modern, narrative and abstract. It feels like something entirely new...'
Christopher Wheeldon’s highly praised ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale with music by Joby Talbot will be performed by the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier at Hamburg State Opera for its German premiere on June 19, 2022. The Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg will be conducted by David Briskin.
First premiered at London's Royal Opera House in 2014, The Winter’s Tale was built on the success of Wheeldon and Talbot’s earlier partnership on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Judith Mackrell, writing in The Guardian, said ‘Winter's Tale is one of the most fully achieved story ballets to be created at the Royal Ballet in years’ and Katherine Colombus noted in The Stage that ‘Joby Talbot’s specially-commissioned new score is masterful.’
The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a statue of Hermione appears to come miraculously to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.
The Winter’s Tale
Ballet in a Prologue and Three Acts
Choreografie: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Joby Talbot
Szenario: Christopher Wheeldon und Joby Talbot
Set and Costume: Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer: Natasha Katz
Composer Joby Talbot on creating The Winter's Tale's musical score:
Like Water for Chocolate
The Ballet Music of Joby Talbot
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