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Leading the orchestra for Crystal Pite’s new ballet for the Royal Ballet

Zoi Tsokanou is making her Covent Garden debut this autumn with a major challenge, leading the orchestra in Henryk Górecki’s 50-minute epic of lamentation, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs – the music selected by choreographer Crystal Pite for her new work for The Royal Ballet.




"The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs seems to me a vast structure that has to be filled with emotion without being xaggerated: it doesn’t need anything extra stirred in, it speaks straight to the heart. I felt I understood so much about its mood and meaning after visiting Silesia, where Górecki lived, and seeing the melancholy landscape with its wide grey horizons and rolling plains." Zoi says during her interview to Royal Opera House Magazine.

Read the full interview here


October 18 - November 3, 2022

Royal Opera House, London

CAST :The Royal Ballet

CHOREOGRAPHY : Crystal Pite

MUSIC : Henryk Mikolaj Górecki symphony no.3 op.36 (symphony of sorrowful songs)

CONDUCTOR : Zoi Tsokanou

SET DESIGNER : Jay Gower Taylor

COSTUME DESIGNER : Nancy Bryant

LIGHTING DESIGNER :Tom Visser

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