Music: Call It Sleep

In its most elaborate and expensive production ever, the American Ballet Theater last week introduced Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty. The three-act version is based as closely as possible on Marius Petipa's choreography, created in 1890. The sets and costumes are spruced up by Oliver Messel from his designs for the 1946 Sadler's Wells production. This was The Sleeping Beauty that enchanted U.S. audiences in 1949 and introduced them to Margot Fonteyn. For its gala opening at the Metropolitan Opera House, the A.B.T. presented perhaps the most brilliant stars in the dance world today,...

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