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Total duration 1 h 50 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
30.3.2019 – 13.4.2019
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €

A ballet that breaks heart time and again

Anna Karenina escapes her joyless marriage into the arms of the love of her life – but keeping hold of love, family and the acceptance of society proves impossible. In the end, Anna’s choices lead to the worst possible outcome.

This season, Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel will be seen as a heart-wrenching ballet. The relentlessly gripping plot moves towards inevitable tragedy as steadily as a steam train. Get ready to experience truly tear-jerking beauty.

Recommended for children over the age of 9.

Anna Karenina

A one-way ticket to imperial Russia

The fabulous period costumers, impressive projections and story-led choreography will transport the audience into the midst of imperial Russia’s high society. The message is clear: you can’t have everything, and societal norms make no exceptions for true love.

A ballet from the pages of a book

Leo Tolstoy’s novel, published in the 1870s, is a masterly depiction of life, marriage and love in imperial Russia. The legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya was the first to translate Anna Karenina into the language of ballet, and her husband Rodion Štšedrin composed the music to match the atmosphere and events of the story. The choreography seen at the Finnish National Opera is by Alexei Ratmansky, the former Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet.

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Synopsis

Anna Karenina arrives in Moscow by train and is met by her brother Stiva and his wife Dolly. Count Vronsky is also at the station to meet his mother. Anna and Vronsky lock eyes momentarily until an accident grabs their attention: a train has been derailed.

Later on, Anna is the centre of attention at a party where she meets Vronsky again. Kitty, also infatuated with the count, is heart-broken when Vronsky turns his back on her and dances with Anna instead. Confused, Anna decides to return home to St. Petersburg.

Vronsky secretly slips onto the same train as Anna, and Anna confesses her feelings for him at a remote train station. Her husband, Alexei Karenin, and their son meet her in St. Petersburg. At a party, however, Anna and Vronsky can’t hold back their feelings, and Karenin’s efforts to get his wife to leave are futile. After a while, Anna and Vronsky meet again, contemplating the idea of a life together that feels both enticing and shameful.

When Vronsky is injured in a riding contest, Anna tries to go to his aid. It is too much for Karenin to take. Anna realises that she can’t live with a husband she’s not in love with – but neither can she bear the thought of losing her son. Feverish, Anna is plagued by nightmares, and upon waking, she wants to rescue her marriage and her family. Vronsky attempts suicide in desperation. Once Anna finds out, she decides to leave her family after all.

Anna and Vronsky elope to Italy, but Anna’s happiness is overshadowed by her longing for her son. She sees him briefly when she’s back in St. Petersburg, but both Karenin and the high society have turned against her. Anna notices that Vronsky’s feelings for her have changed, and she understands she has lost both her love and her son. She recalls the train accident at the station and the solution dawns on her. She now knows how to end her sorrow and her wretched life.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

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Anna Karenina

“The duets demonstrate the blue-blooded beauty and elegance of traditional ballet, while the music carries the scents and atmosphere of its setting, the 1870s.”

– Helsingin Sanomat 18.2.2007

Creative team

Choreography
Alexei Ratmansky
Music
Rodion Štšedrin
Sets, costumes
Mikael Melbye
Lighting design
Jørn Melin
Video projections
Wendall K. Harrington

Cast

Performances and tickets

1 h 50 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
30.3.2019 – 13.4.2019
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €
Sat 30.3.2019
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 30.3.2019
at 18:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Wed 3.4.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Fri 5.4.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 6.4.2019
at 12:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 11.4.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Sat 13.4.2019
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 13.4.2019
at 18:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale

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