The Rite of Spring
A Riot at the Ballet

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The Rite of Spring
A Riot at the Ballet

The aftershocks of Igor Stravinsky’s visionary masterpiece are still being felt over a century after its scandalous premiere – it changed music forever. 

Even the Pet Shop Boys felt like ‘taking off all their clothes and dancing to The Rite of Spring’.
 
Prehistoric tribal rites – dances, processions, ritual games – climax in the sacrifice of a victim who dances herself to death. The heady mix of primeval choreography and earth-shaking music was too much for the Parisian ballet audience who rioted and cat-called, closing the show, catapulting Stravinsky and the Rite to international celebrity.
 
From the bassoon’s eerie groan which opens it to the cataclysmic climax, the Rite is a panorama of sensations, unleashing a huge virtuoso orchestra in music of raw, rhythmic vitality and awe-inspiring sonority.

 

 

Donald Runnicles conducts Bruckner Symphony No.7

Donald Runnicles conducts Bruckner Symphony No.7

17-19 Oct

Sydney Opera House

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Donald Runnicles conducts Fauré’s Requiem

Donald Runnicles conducts Fauré’s Requiem

23-26 Oct

Sydney Opera House

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Mendelssohn and Martinů

Mendelssohn and Martinů

25-26 Oct

Sydney Opera House

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A Paris Happening

A Paris Happening

25 Oct

Sydney Opera House

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A Russian Gala

A Russian Gala

8-9 Nov

Sydney Opera House

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