Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, Les Etoiles, Les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris, Vello Pähn (conductor) & François Roussillon (director)
Recording Date: 1999
Place of recording: Opéra National de Paris
Running Time: 89 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages NTSC: GB
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, GB, I, SP
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Choreography and Stage Direction by RUDOLF NUREYEV
Set Design by EZIO FRIGERIO
Costume Design by FRANCA SQUARCIAPINO
During his time as Artistic Director Nureyev created a number of magnifi cent choreographies for the ballet ensemble at the Paris Opera. One of his last ballet productions, which was performed only a few months before he had to relinquish his position as director, was Sleeping Beauty, which he choreographed in the style of Marius Petipa. The fairy tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, who falls into a deep sleep after the wicked fairy Carabosse has put a curse on her, from which she was awakened only a hundred years later by Prince Desiré’s kiss, became a masterwork of the classical ballet and one of the most popular works of ballet literature. Sleeping Beauty was the brilliant result of the co-operation between the French choreographer Marius Petipa (1818-1910) and the Russian composer Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). The theatre director Ivan Wsewoloschki suggested this ballet, which had its premiere in the Marinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1890. Not without reason is Sleeping Beauty the highlight and opus magnus of Petipa’s work.
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