Best Of 2022

Best Trip to the Land of Sweets

Cincinnati Ballet's The Nutcracker

After canceling in-person performances in 2020 due to COVID-19, Clara, her prince and all of the characters from the Land of Sweets returned to Music Hall in 2021 for the Cincinnati Ballet’s annual rendition of The Nutcracker. And, with appropriate fanfare, it was a return to “full pre-pandemic splendor,” with Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Full of elaborate sets, costumes, lighting and choreography, it was a version of the production that debuted in 2011, marking the final staging of the classic for Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, who retires at the end of the 2021-2022 season. cballet.org.