Ovation TV Celebrates Ten Years of “Battle of the Nutcrackers”


Five Ballets to Compete, Including Productions From Berlin State Opera and Semperoper

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SANTA MONICA, CA – November 9, 2016 – Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, will air its 10th annual “Battle of the Nutcrackers” starting December 12. As in years past, this holiday programming event invites viewers to vote for their favorite rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet on Ovation TV’s Facebook page.

This year’s “battle,” which features five different productions of The Nutcracker, culminates with the viewer favorite being revealed and repeated on Monday, December 21 at 7:00pm ET. Here are this year’s featured productions:


The Nutcracker – Berlin State Opera

An Ovation TV Premiere airing Monday, December 12 at 7:00am ET

The Nutcracker is a magical fairytale full of vivacity and life and its musical brilliance is brought to its peak through the interpretation of the renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim and star Vladimir Malakhov.


The Nutcracker – Bolshoi Ballet

Airing Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00am ET

The legendary holiday ballet performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. Featuring Natalya Arkhipova and Irek Mukhamedov. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich.


The Nutcracker – Mariinsky

Airing Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00am ET

This production brings to life spectacular production values and expansive set decoration that makes viewers feel like they’re a part of Clara’s world.


Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – Wiener Staatsballett

Airing Thursday, December 15 at 7:00am ET

With its accent on the psychological contents of the work’s underlying tale, Rudolf Nureyev’s world-famous choreography of the Nutcracker is performed by the Wiener Staatsballett.


The Nutcracker – Semperoper

An Ovation TV Premiere airing Friday, December 16 at 7:00am ET

Based on the celebrated original ballet libretto by Marius Petipa, choreographers Aaron S. Watkin and Jason Beechey have joined forces to create a production from the Semperoper highlighting the work’s fairy-tale aspects and visual opulence.

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All five productions will be available on VOD on AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Xfinity and Verizon starting December 5. Voting will occur via Ovation’s Facebook page from December 12 to December 17.


For a complete programming schedule, visit www.ovationtv.com