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26 October 2019 (Sat), 13:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Classical Ballet Adolphe Adam "Le Corsaire" (Ballet in 2 Acts)

Running time: 2 hours (till 15:00)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Adolphe Adam "Le Corsaire" (Ballet in 2 Acts) 2020

Composer: Adolphe Adam
Composer: Cesare Pugni
Composer: Leo Delibes
Composer: Riccardo Drigo
Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Choreography: Jules Perrot
Set Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Choreography: Konstantin Sergeyev
Staging: Mikhail Messerer
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Costume Designer: Tatiana Yastrebova

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Classical Ballet in 2 act

Premiere of this production: 8 September 2015, Mikhailovsky theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia


Libretto by Jules‑Henri Vernoy de Saint‑Georges revised  by Mikhail Messerer 


Act I

Scene 1. Ashore.

There are only three corsairs survived: Conrad, the leader of the corsairs, and his friends Ali and Birbanto. Young Greek girls are dancing and amusing themselves on the shore. Two of them are the most enchanting ones — the Greek beauty Medora and the Turkish beauty Gulnara. The girls find the corsairs and hide them from the ferocious Turkish soldiers who are entitled to execute corsairs immediately on site. Isaac Lankedem, a cunning slave-trader, who has brought the Turkish soldiers is looking forward to captivating the girls. He takes all the girls on the slave market along with languishing Palestinian girls and wild Algerian boys.
Conrad who has fallen in love with Medora at first sight hopes to save the girl and follows her in disguise.

Scene 2. Slave market.

Hustle and bustle of the oriental market. Seid Pasha, the ruler of the island, has chosen Gulnara for his harem. Medora is doomed to share her destiny. Suddenly some strangers appear willing to take part in the trade. However, Seid Pasha is the richest man on the island. The strangers throw off their cloaks and reveal themselves as armed corsairs.
Conrad carries Medora away. Ali captivates Lankedem. Birbanto and others seize the gold, the draperies, the arms, and the prisoners.
Seid Pasha is furious and confused.


Conrad shows his possessions to his beloved Medora. The corsairs are happy with their loot and new girlfriends — the Greek and Palestinian girls. Wild Algerian boys are welcomed to the fellowship of buccaneers. Conrad’s bosom friend Ali keeps an eye on captivated Lankedem. On Medora’s request Conrad sets the captivated girls free. Birbanto, however, is not satisfied with the decision: he’s entitled to a part of the jewels and some girls. Conrad is surprised with Birbanto’s protests. Although Conrad manages to persuade Birbanto, the latter nurses a grudge against the leader of the corsairs.
Cunning Lankedem provokes Birbanto to revenge. The slave-trader suggests sending Conrad to deep sleep and bringing Medora back to Seid Pasha.
Conrad is swept away by his love to Medora. Lankedem pours sleeping potion to their wine which unsuspecting Medora offers to Conrad. He drops on the spot. Medora asks for help but insidious Birbanto abducts her back to Seid Pasha’s harem.
Conrad awakes. He asks Birbanto about Medora. Birbanto foxes and lies. Conrad rushes to save his beloved again.

Act II

Scene 3. Palace.

Seid Pasha is delighted with Gulnara’s naughtiness. The pretty Turkish girl, however, is just coquetting and not going to indulge the ugly old Pasha.
Lankedem brings Medora back to Pasha. Gulnara takes the girls to her chamber. Eunuchs announce the arrival of pilgrims. After the evening prayer Seid Pasha invites the pilgrims to enjoy the dances of the girls in his harem. Medora and Gulnara are the brightest flowers in the splendid garden of the harem.
Birbanto and Lankedem reveal the corsairs. Conrad and Ali attack the traitors. During the fight Seid Pasha escapes. Birbanto and Lankedem are subdued.


Ali has saved Gulnara who entrusts her life to the courageous corsair. Conrad and Medora start a new happy life together.

Schedule for Adolphe Adam "Le Corsaire" (Ballet in 2 Acts) 2020

"Le Corsaire" (ballet in two acts) staged by Farukh Ruzimatov. A fragment of a rehearsal
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