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22 March 2015 (Sun), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Classical Ballet Chopiniana. Presentiment of Spring

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Chopiniana. Presentiment of Spring 2019/2020

Conductor: Igor Tomashevsky

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Choreography: Michel Fokine
Composer: Anatoly Lyadov
Choreography: Yuri Smekalov

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mikhailovsky Opera

Classical Ballet in 2 act

Performed in Italian the performance will have Russian supertitles

Music by Frederic Chopin, Anatoly Lyadov
Choreography by Michel Fokine, Yuri Smekalov


choreographic composition in one act
Music by Frederic Chopin (suite of piano pieces orchestrated: Alexander Glazunov and Maurice Keller)
Choreography by Michel Fokine (1908)
Scenario by Michel Fokine
Revised version by Agrippina Vaganova (1931)
Set design based on original sketches by Orest Allegri

World premiere: 8 March 1908, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

Running time 35 minutes


Music by Anatoly Lyadov
Choreography and libretto by Yuri Smekalov (2010)
Video Graphics Designer: Yuri Davydov
Technical Designer: Alexander Letsius
Costume Designer: Tatiana Noginova
Lighting Designer: Yuri Smekalov

Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 10 February 2010

Running time: 35 minutes


Act I

Scene 1

Violetta Valery, a courtesan, throws a lavish party at her salon to celebrate her recovery from an illness. A guest of hers, Alfredo Germont falls in love with Violetta at first sight. On guests’ request Alfredo gives a toast — a drinking song. From the next room, the orchestra begins to play and the guests move there to dance waltz. Violetta feels dizzy and Alfredo stays with her. He convinces to change her lifestyle and declares his love for her. 
At first Violetta rejects him with jokes but at the end when Alfredo is about to leave, she gives him a flower and promises a date. As the guests leave, Violetta recollects Alfredo’s declarations: she’s fallen in love for the first time in her life. 

Scene 2

Alfredo and Violetta live together in a country house outside Paris. They are happy in the peaceful countryside. Annina, the maid, interrupts Alfredo’s dreaming announcing that Violetta sells everything she owns to support their country life. Alfredo is shocked to learn this and leaves for Paris immediately to settle matters himself. 
Violetta is looking through the letters: she has received an invitation from her friend, Flora, inviting her to a ball in Paris. Violetta indifferently lays it aside. 
Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, arrives. He accuses Violetta of destroying his son’s life and reputation. Violetta is desperate: her love to Alfredo is her only happiness. Her life is very short, she’s death-sick. She finally agrees to leave Alfredo. Violetta writes a farewell letter to Alfredo. Alfredo returns to find weeping Violetta, and after her leaving he finds the letter. Giorgio asks his son to come back to his family in Provence, but Alfredo wouldn’t listen: he’s noticed Flora’s invitation to the ball. Now he’s sure that Violetta has left him forever. Jealous Alfredo rushes to Paris. 

Act II

Scene 3

A party at Flora’s house. Alfredo is playing cards among other guests. Violetta arrives with Baron Douphol. Flora is happy to see her but Violetta feels terrible at the ball: she’s concerned about Alfredo. He picks a quarrel with Baron. Violetta is worried; she tries to prevent a duel. But Alfredo humiliates Violetta in front of the guests and then throws his money at her for her ‘services’ while they lived together. 

Scene 4

Violetta whose tuberculosis has worsened is fading. She has been left by all the friends. Dr. Grenville is trying to encourage her but Violetta knows she’s going to die. She asks the maid to distribute the money to the poor and stays alone to read Giorgio Germont’s letter: he announces the soon arrival of Alfredo. Now Alfredo knows everything: Giorgio has told him about Violetta’s sacrifice. 
Annina rushes in the room to tell Violetta of the arrival of Alfredo. The lovers are reunited. Alfredo suggests that they leave Paris and start a new life together. But it is too late; Violetta knows her time is up though she doesn’t want to die at the moment. The old Germont understands that his consent to their marriage is belated to save Violetta. Violetta dashes to Alfredo and dies in his arms. 

Schedule for Chopiniana. Presentiment of Spring 2019/2020

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