Original sets OREST ALLEGRI, PËTR LAMBIN and KONSTANTIN IVANOV (1898)
Recreated by ELENA KINKULSKAYA and BORIS KAMINSKY
Original Choreography by MARIUS PETIPA (1898)
Choreographic revival SERGEI VIKHAREV
Original costumes IVAN VSEVOLOŽSKIJ (1898)
Recreated by IRENE MONTI
The last great work from the glorious era of the Imperial ballets has never before been performed by the La Scala ballet. Its La Scala premiere marks the most faithful version of Raymonda yet to the original, which met with triumphant success in St. Petersburg in 1898.
Based on a medieval legend, with ladies, knights, crusaders and Saracens, cathedrals and castles, the libretto had all the ingredients needed to spark the imagination of the young Alexander Glazunov in his first ballet score, and the infinite wisdom of Marius Petipa, who complemented it with an enormously rich and endless succession of dances, classical variations, exotic dances and character dances, with a grandiose finale, pantomime, lyrical pas de deux and a heavily featured corps de ballet. Drawing on notation from the Harvard archives, original designs housed in the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Theatre Library, La Scala presents the last great work from the glory days of the Imperial Ballet.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Running Time: 154 mins
“Olesia Novikova is a very impressive Raymonda - her dancing always poised and assured, expressive, elegant and graceful. Her awesome point work is especially outstanding in her Act III dance...A lavish production; a feast for the eye; with awesome dancing from the principals.”
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