'Romeo and Juliet' -
'... suggests Tristan and Isolde ...'
Prokofiev suffered much over his Romeo and Juliet. With a complete piano score done in
1935, he had to be content for many years with orchestral suites from the work. And when eventually
the ballet came to rehearsal at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad, he had to face incomprehension from
the cast and arrogance from the choreographer Leonid Lavrovsky, who wanted additions and subtractions
and was not averse to making changes in the order of the music without consulting the composer.
Eventually a surly Prokofiev had to acknowledge a triumph. This Milan performance has slightly
reworked the Kenneth MacMillan choreography first seen at Covent Garden in 1965.
A scene from Act 1 of Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'. DVD screenshot © 2002 EuroArts Music International GmbH
Copyright © 22 August 2006
Robert Anderson, London UK