Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое озеро/Lebedinoye ozero), Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the most popular of all ballets. The scenario, initially in two acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales[a] and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger(Václav Reisinger). The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
SWAN LAKE, OP. 20; THE
A Chicago native, Michael Frigo is a first-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has previously performed throughout the country making appearances as a guest artist with the Grant Park Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony and on Chicago Symphony’s contemporary music program, MusicNow. During his time in Chicago, he had the pleasure of sharing the stage with musicians from the Chicago Symphony and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In recent summers he has participated in music festivals at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Music Institute at Round Top Festival Institute and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Mr. Frigo received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University’s School of Music under the mentorship of NWS alumni and current Chicago Symphony cellist, Brant Taylor. While at DePaul in 2011, Mr. Frigo was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, performing under Chicago Symphony’s guest conductors and engaging the Chicago community through concerts and outreach events. He continued his musical studies at Rice University, earning a master’s degree under the tutelage of Houston Symphony’s principal cellist, Brinton Smith.
In addition to performing, Mr. Frigo enjoys outdoor activities such as road biking and is particularly partial to the winter variety, including ice hockey and skiing. He plays on a superb cello made in Chicago by William Whedbee.