17 September 2002

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David McAllister’s first commission as artistic director is Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, which, like his Nutcracker, takes the classic work as a disembarkation point for a more psychological interpretation. Murphy’s Odette is a fragile girl who marries a prince, only to discover he has no intention of giving up his mistress. Simone Goldsmith, the first Odette, is promoted to principal artist at the opening night party. Lynette Wills, the first Baroness von Rothbart, is promoted to principal artist after the production opens in Sydney in November that year. The ballet becomes a signature piece for the company: it’s staged every year between 2002 and 2010.