- Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7 pm
- Century II's Mary Jane Tell Theater
This show has sold out!
Swan Lake, presented by the Russian National Ballet Theatre
A young Prince struggles to free a girl from an evil curse in ballet’s most iconic work. The Russian National Ballet Theatre (RNBT) combines artistic mastery and technical perfection, all set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal music.
France’s CULTURE magazine wrote of the RNBT, “An evening of glorious theatre. The sets and costumes were dazzling in their color and style. From the moment the curtain rose to audible gasps of delight until the final ovation, the Russian National Ballet Theatre had their audience spellbound.”
The RNBT has based their production on Marius Petipa’s choreography from his 1895 revival for the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg as part of their mission to preserve the grand traditions of Russian ballet for audiences all over the world.
At the castle, Prince Siegfried celebrates his coming of age with an extravagant party. He is presented with the royal sword and scepter before his mother, the Queen, brings him a special gift – a new hunting bow. The Queen reminds Prince Siegfried that he must choose a bride at tomorrow evening’s Ball. Suddenly wishing to be alone, the Prince notices white swans flying overhead, toward a nearby lake. He sets off to follow them.
At last reaching the shore of the lake, the Prince quietly approaches the Swans and discovers they have assumed human forms! He reveals himself to them, and the Swan Queen, Odette, tells him of the Sorcerer’s curse. By day the women are transformed into swans, and only true love can lift the evil spell. Overcome, Siegfried pledges his love to Odette, and swears to return and free her and the other Swans. As day begins to break, Odette warns him that if he breaks his oath, she and the Swans will be doomed forever.
At his Ball the next evening, the Prince is introduced to princesses from around the world, but none compare to Odette. The Sorcerer enters disguised as a visiting noble, accompanied by his daughter Odile, who looks remarkably like Odette. She seduces the Prince, luring him to pledge his undying love to her, dooming Odette and the Swans for eternity. Suddenly regaining his senses, the Prince realizes his terrible mistake and rushes away to Odette.
At the lake, the Swan Maidens are worried, for if the Prince does not fulfill his vow, they will be doomed to everlasting captivity. The Sorcerer summons a raging storm to stop the Prince, but Siegfried plunges headlong through the storm to Odette. The Sorcerer attempts once more to conceal Odette, but the power of the curse is broken forever by the power of Prince Siegfried’s love.
What to Expect
Let Us Help You Plan Your Opera Visit
Whether this is your first visit to Wichita Grand Opera or you’re a regular patron, we have all the information you need to plan your evening.
Before the Opera
Where to Stay
If you are visiting Wichita from out of town, we suggest staying at one of these recommended hotels.
Clarion Inn Wichita Airport
- 5500 W Kellogg Dr,
Wichita, KS 67209 get directions
Where to Eat
Downtown Wichita and the nearby Delano District provide many dining options to enhance your opera experience. Concessions are also available at the opera.
Except as noted, Wichita Grand Opera performs in the Century II Performing Arts Center in downtown Wichita.
Century II Performing Arts Center
225 W. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202
Seating (Including for Disabled Patrons)
To comply with ADA requirements, the following seats are reserved for our handicapped patrons:
On House Right, Seating is available at:
- Row M, Seats 123 & 124 (Best seating – $85 per seat)
- Row S, Seats 124 & 125 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
- Row KK, Seats 101-106 (Better seating $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
- Row LL, Seats 107-112 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box
On House Left, Seating is available at:
- Row M, Seats 22 & 23 (Best Seating – $85 per seat)
- Row S, Seats 24 & 25 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
- Row KK, Seats 1-6 (Better seating – $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
- Row LL, Seats 7-12 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Will I be able to understand what is being sung?
A: All Wichita Grand Opera productions incorporate English translations projected above the stage.
- Q: What if I arrive late?
A: Latecomers and those who exit the theater during the performance will not be admitted until the next appropriate applause break.
- Q: Does Wichita Grand Opera offer refunds?
A: Only season ticket subscribers are permitted to exchange or upgrade their tickets.
- Q: What if I lose my ticket?
A: Contact the Box Office at (316) 262-8054. Replacements will be waiting for you at the Century II Box Office.
- Q: If I don’t want my tickets mailed out, what are my options?
A: Tickets can be sent to you via mail or can be picked up at the Century II Box Office. On performance evenings, your tickets may be picked up at the will-call window before the performance.