Siegfried and Benno are astonished to see a white-clad girl - Odette - emerge from the ruin. She
begs Siegfried not to shoot the swans, and tells him of the evil influence
that overshadows her existence and whose power will only be broken when she
marries. A sinister owl appears and conceals itself in the ruins.
Odette's companions, likewise
transformed from swans into human form, appear. The prince and Benno are in
despair at having desired to shoot the swans. Siegfried resolves never to
slay another living bird. Odette tells him all is forgiven.
Danse des Cygnes :
assai - molto piu mosso
des cygnes (Tempo di valse)
(Andante - Andante non troppo - Allegro)
The Prince swears his love.
Day breaks and the girls reassume the form of swans and glide away acroos
the lake, with the owl hovering, menacingly, above them.
The ball opens, with the
arrival of the Prince and his mother and their guests.
Danse du corps de ballet et des nains
More guests arrive and are
presented. The young girls are invited to dance.
After Siegfried has told
his mother that none of the girls has pleased him, the evil genius,
disguised as Rothbart, arrives with his daughter Odile. Deceived by Odile's
ressemblance to Odette, the Prince welcomes her with ecstatic delight.
Pas de six
is resumed. The Prince shows a strong preference for Odile, who poses coquettishly
II (Allegro moderato)
V (Moderato - Allegro simplice)
(Allegro molto vivace)
Pas de deux (supplemental
number written for Sobeshchanskaya)
(Moderato - Andante)
I (Allegro moderato)
(Allegro molto vivace)
Danse hongroise (Czardas)
Danse russe (supplemental
number written for Karpakova)
Still believing Odile to
be the swan-maiden, Siegfried pledges his troth. Rothbart reveals himself
as the evil demon. A white swan appears at the window, as the ball ends in
Odette's companions await
her return in a mood of sadness.
Danse des petits cygnes
Odette enters in despair.
Siegfried is seen approachin. Odette, wishing to see him once more, remains
behind while her companions go into the ruin. A storm breaks.
appears, begging forgiveness. Odette tells him that they will meet no more.
Siegfried prevents her from joining her companions in the ruin, and snatching
her crown from her head throws it into the raging lake. The lovers are engulfed
in the waters. The storm subsides, and a flock of white swans is seen on