ROH: Anastasia



Kenneth MacMillan’s landmark production Anastasia, revived at the Royal Opera House after his death by his widow Deborah, remains one of his most experimental works. The plot is based on the true story of psychiatric patient Anna Anderson, who believed herself to be Anastasia, the only survivor from the assassination of the Russian Imperial family in 1918. MacMillan originally created Anastasia as a one-act ballet with an adventurous staging to Martinů’s Sixth Symphony. It was expanded into a three-act work in 1971, using Tchaikovsky’s First and Third Symphonies.The contrasty way of staging provides an extraordinary psychological challenge for principal ballerina Natalia Osipova, who is “commanding in emotion as in execution”. Further featuring Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson and Thiago Soares, “Anastasia brings back to the stage an expressionist drama of haunting imagery and resonating force” (The Financial Times).

Additional Info

  • No: A02050095
  • Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky, Bohuslav Martinů
  • Conductor: Simon Hewett
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Artists: Natalia Osipova, Christopher Saunders, Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson, Thiago Soares
  • Production year: 2016
  • Run time: 01:52:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Gary Harris
  • Producers: Royal Opera House
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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