Music: Summer Storm

"To love, all ages owe submission," wrote Alexander Pushkin. In his first major work in eight years, Choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, 69, has adapted for Britain's Royal Ballet A Month in the Country, the Ivan Turgenev play about the foolish love of an older woman for a young man. Far from sad and tormented, however, Ashton's musing on middle-age folly emerges as an airy confection of elegant humor, bittersweet lyricism and charm.

In its mood and rural setting, A Month in the Country is kin to Ashton's Enigma Variations, his last important ballet, created...

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