The Most Popular Ballets of All Time

Stefano Curti presently serves as the chief executive officer of a Silicon Valley-based innovation incubator focused on women’s health and wellness. He previously spent time at Johnson & Johnson as the global president of the skincare division. When he is not working, Stefano Curti is a fan of ballet and the opera.

There are a number of ballets that have been performed over the centuries that remain popular today. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, originally composed in 1891 and commonly seen during the Christmas season, is arguably the most popular ballet of all time. The first American production of The Nutcracker ran in 1944, and it continues to be the most performed ballet of the modern era. Running a close second is Swan Lake. When the ballet was first composed, many artists argued that the music and dancing were too intricate for live performances. Today, Swan Lake is considered the standard of classical ballet. The production gained renewed attention due to Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan, a loose interpretation of Swan Lake. Additional popular ballets include interpretations of Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.


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