George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Based on themes from Bellini's 'La Sonnambula'
Photo by Martha Swope
©The New York Public Library for the Performing Art
Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Russia’s first national composer, has been called the Mozart of his country. He is best known for his operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Ludmila. As a student at the Maryinsky Theatre, Balanchine danced in the latter; in 1969, he directed and choreographed the opera for the State Opera of Hamburg.