City Ballet of San Diego 2019-20 Season

City Ballet offers a season of great ballets at the historic Spreckels Theatre, with The City Ballet Orchestra


With The City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus
Nov 1-3, 2019 at Spreckels Theatre

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

Back by popular demand! After the rousing success of Resident Choreographer Geoff Gonzalez’s premiere in 2018, City Ballet opens its 27th Season with his production of Carmina Burana set to Carl Orff’s famous score, accompanied by the 100-voice chorus of the Pacific Coast Chorale and The City Ballet Orchestra conducted by John Nettles. Set during the 1920s, this multi-media production is a sensory delight on a large scale!

Straw Feet

An over the top contemporary ballet, Straw Feet, was choreographed by Resident Choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich in 1990 and last performed by City Ballet in 2006. The percussive score created by Brian Kohn compliments the fast-paced and creative movements required of the dancers.


With The City Ballet Orchestra
Dec 6-22, 2019 at Spreckels Theatre

Clara & Nutcracker

Received the Tommy Award the “Best Nutcracker” in San Diego.

The Nutcracker is the classic Victorian-era story of the adventures of Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Herr Drosselmeyer and the Sugar Plum Fairy told through a magical theatrical experience to Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous score. Young and old alike will be captivated by Elizabeth Wistrich’s choreography, the exquisite costumes and grand sets. Let your childhood dreams return and inspire you to imagine by-done time.


With The City Ballet Orchestra
Mar 6-8, 2020 at Spreckels Theatre

Hallelujah Junction

City Ballet is proud to present work choreographed by the great George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet. The Russian born genius is widely considered to be the greatest ballet choreographer of the 20th century and created over 300 ballets during his prolific career. His Walpurgisnacht Ballet comes from a scene in Faust, occurring at the beginning of the opera’s last act depicting the traditional celebration when the souls of the dead are released to wander at will. The ballet became a stand-alone ballet and is not literal in its depiction, but it does build on a sense of joyful revelry. Also, on the program is former New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins’ Hallelujah Junction, a high energy ballet set to a score by John Adams and performed by two pianos on stage. The ballet is like a living locomotive of energy and innovation.


With The City Ballet Orchestra
May 8-10, 2020 at Spreckels Theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Resident Choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich has created a lavish production of Shakespeare’s epic tale Romeo and Juliet – ballet storytelling at its best. In the ballet, two teenagers from warring families meet, fall in love and rush headlong towards their romantic destiny. The magnificent sets and costumes evoke Renaissance Italy and Sergei Prokofiev’s lush score brings this classic love story thrillingly to life.


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