Anna Karenina: The Australian premiere

Posted on 08 July 2021 By Rose Mulready

After the heartbreak of so many seasons lost to the pandemic, there’s a very special pleasure in finally bringing Anna Karenina to the stage. Tomorrow, we present the Australian premiere of this stunning ballet in Adelaide. Here’s a taste of what’s in store.  

If you can’t join us for our Adelaide or Melbourne seasons, you can buy tickets to stream Anna Karenina Live on BalletTV in October.

After meeting Vronsky and feeling their instant connection, Anna realises the loneliness of her life with the cold, stern Karenin. 

Robyn Hendricks and Adam Bull. Photography Jeff Busby

The ebullient high spirits of the young Princess Kitty, whose love story is contrasted with Anna's tragedy. 

Ako Kondo. Photography Jeff Busby

When Anna falls gravely ill, her lover and her husband meet at her sick bed and a difficult, fleeting truce is achieved. 

Robyn Hendricks, Callum Linnane and Adam Bull. Photography Jeff Busby

Anna and Vronsky run away together to Italy, where Vronsky explores his ambition to be a painter and they live a simpler life, away from Russia and its stifling social circles. 

Callum Linnane and Robyn Hendricks. Photography Jeff Busby

Kitty's exultation at seeing Vronsky at a ball is short-lived - he only has eyes for Anna. 

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Jeff Busby

Thrown on their own resources in Italy, Anna and Vronsky begin to grow apart, and Anna is tortured by jealousy and the fear of losing her lover. 

Callum Linnane and Robyn Hendricks. Photography Jeff Busby

Back in Russia, Anna goes in secret to see her son, but Karenin discovers her and throws her out, forbidding her ever to visit again. 

Robyn Hendricks and Adam Bull. Photography Jeff Busby

Kitty and Levin, married and settled on his country estate, reach a pitch of joy amid the summer harvest. 

Chengwu Guo and Ako Kondo. Photography Jeff Busby