the soloist

the soloist

RUDOLF NUREYEV (Prokofiev/ 'Dance of Knights' from 'Romeo and Juliet' Ballet - audio live)

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. RUDOLF KHAMETOVICH NUREYEV (1938 † 1993) http://www.nureyev.org/ (...) « In 1991, Rudolf Nureyev - whose contract as Director had not been renewed two years earlier - was asked to stage his "Romeo and Juliet" at the Palais Garnier. He was a great detector of talent and he cast the soloist, Nicolas Le Riche as Mercutio. Realising this young dancer's full potential, he taught him the role of Romeo, which he then danced alongside Claude de Vulpian at the matinee five days later, on December 19th. The performance was a great success. Nicolas Le Riche is the last Principal Dancer "launched" at the Paris Opera by Rudolf Nureyev. Towards the end of his life, already seriously marked by his illness, Rudolf Nureyev conducted Prokofiev's score himself at the head of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, for a historic performance of « Romeo and Juliet » at the Lincoln Center in New York on May 6th 1992, with Sylvie Guillem and Laurent Hilaire. It was his penultimate public performance and it was crowned with success. R.S.» http://www.nureyev.org/rudolf-nureyev-main-roles-ballets/romeo-and-juliet-prokoviev-rudolf-nureyev Music: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891 † 1953) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prokofiev LSOrchestra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Symphony_Orchestra Conductor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valery_Gergiev .