Nutcracker and Mouse King


Nutcracker and the Mouse King ballet. Music by Tchaikovsky. Choreographed and directed by Christian Spuck. Performed 2018 by the Ballett Zürich and the Junior Ballett at the Opernhaus Zürich. Star dancers are Dominik Slavkovský, Michelle Willems, Daniel Mulligan, William Moore, Yen Han, Matthew Knight, Ina Callejas, Giulia Tonelli, Mélissa Ligurgo, and Cohen Aitchison-Dugas. Paul Connelly conducts the Philharmonia Zürich and the Children’s Choir and SoprAlti of the Opernhaus Zürich (Chorus Master Ernst Raffelsberger). Set design by Rufus Didwiszus; costume design by Buki Shiff; lighting design by Martin Gebhardt; dramaturgy by Michael Küster and Claus Spahn. Directed for TV by Michael Beyer; produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound output. Grade: NA

In case you were wondering, the SoprAlti is a female chorus of sopranos and altos.

According to Accentus PR, this production is quite different from the classic Christmas-party Nutcracker that everyone has overdosed on. It revives the original darkly fantastical story from E.T.A. Hoffman about Princess Pirlipat, etc. A short YouTube clip makes this seem intriguing: