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Le Corsaire, at the Scala in Milan a new production of the famous ballet in the version signed by Manuel Legris
Among the most exciting and exciting action ballets of the 19th century, Il Corsaro originates from the homonymous poem by Lord Byron which also inspired Verdi's melodrama
Organized by: Teatro alla Scala Foundation
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Teatro alla Scala Foundation Presents

"Season 2022 - 23"
One of the most compelling ballet d'action of the 19th century, Le Corsaire, arrives at La Scala in the version of Manuel Legris: on stage from 28 February to 17 March 2023, his first work of reinterpretation of the classics of the nineteenth century fully highlights the intent and innovation of the choreographic approach, musical and dramaturgical research of Legris.

The Teatro alla Scala Director reworks the dramaturgy and libretto (in collaboration with Jean-Francois Vazelle) and creates his choreography starting from Marius Petipa but not only; makes the very intricate plot smoother, highlights the relationships between the characters, and with sensitive attention to musicality remodels the energy and virtuosity of the Scala dancers, but also the lyricism and romanticism of this famous ballet with an adventurous plot, which in its various versions met with enormous success on the 19th century scene.

The suggestion is underlined by the sumptuous setting of Luisa Spinatelli who takes care of the sets and costumes, while the lights are by Andrea Giretti. On the podium, driving theOrchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, will go up Valery Ovsyanikov.

Three casts will alternate in the main roles: Conrad will be played by Timofej AndrijashenkoNicholas Del Freo is Mattia Semperboni; Medora from Nicoletta ManniMartina Arduino is Alice Mariani. In the role of Gulnare Maria Celeste LosaCamilla Ceruli is Gaia Andreano. Lankadem will be Marco Agostino Then Frederick Fresi is Christian Fagetti; in the role of Birbanto Claudio CovielloRinaldo Venuti is Dominic Di Cristo and in that of Zulmea Antonella AlbanoLinda Giubelli is  Alessandra Vassallo. The role of Seyd Pasha will be played by Joachim StaraceEdward Caporaletti is Gabriel Corrado; the three Odalisques from Linda Giubelli (Then Martha GeraniMaria Celeste Losa is Jordan Grenade), Gaia Andreano (Then Alessia Auriemma is Blessed Montefiore) And Camilla Ceruli (Then Greta Giacon is Caterina Bianchi).

Next to them the soloists and artists of the Corps de Ballet engaged in the competition, and the students of the Ballet School of the Teatro alla Scala Academy.

(Above, photo by ©Brescia & Amisano, below Lord Byron in a portrait by Richard Westall)
Le Corsaire, at the Scala in Milan a new production of the famous ballet in the version signed by Manuel Legris

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The ballet is based on the poem in verse The Corsair of Lord Byron, published in 1814, a partially autobiographical work of extraordinary success, which immediately sold out the first printing of 10,000 copies. Extremely popular throughout the nineteenth century, the poem inspired - in addition to various ballets and pantomimes - also The Corsair, melodrama of greens (1848).

The Corsair has a rather complex history: the ballet corpus has gone through a very long time span passing through the hands of numerous choreographers and composers who have added, modified and invented. In the 1826 in Milan It is in the 1837 in London two first versions appear on the scene, respectively The Corsair of Giovanni Galzerani is The Corsair of Ferdinand Albert, in which the adventurous stories of the slave Medora and the corsair Conrad are narrated.

The reference version, mother of all the others, is to be considered the one created in Paris in 1856, with the choreography by Joseph Mazilier and the music of Adolphe Adam, great success of the theatrical scenes of the Second Empire, in which the talent of the Italian dancer shone Carolina Rosati in the role of Medora.

Two years later it was reassembled, with additions and modifications, to St.Pietroburgo from Jules Perrot, dance teacher at the Imperial Theaters, with the support of Marius Petipa, then principal dancer. Petipa, with the passage of time and with the advancement of his career, curates a new version in 1863 - adds some dances to the notes of Cesare Pugni, composer of the Imperial Ballet - who in 1899 turns into a more complete one with a new pas de deux on music by Riccardo Drigo.

In the twentieth century, exactly in 1931, the ballet is revived by Agrippina Vaganova, but without success. In 1955 Pyotr Gusev proposes a more streamlined version and in the 1973 Konstantin Sergeyev creates a new staging for the Kirov Ballet. In 1987 a new version is born Gusev-Slonimsky for the Mariinsky Theater Ballet. In 1998 arrives in the United States and in 2007 in Europe.


Corps de Ballet and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala
With the participation of the students of the Ballet School of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

Dramaturgy and libretto Manuel Legris is Jean-Francois Vazelle
from Lord Byron, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges is Joseph Mazilier

Choreography Manuel Legris
from Marius Petipa and others

Director Valery Ovsyanikov

Music Adolphe Adam and others
selection Manuel Legris
arrangement Igor Zapravdin
orchestration Thomas Heinisch is Gábor Kerény

Scenes and costumes Luisa Spinatelli
Lights Andrea Giretti

New Teatro alla Scala Production


Le Corsaire

Music by Adolphe Adam and others
Ballet in three acts, a prologue and an epilogue


28 February 2023 at 8pm "before"
performances 1, 5, 9, 17 March

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