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Rome, La Fille mal gardée at the Teatro dell'Opera in the sparkling choreography by Frederick Ashton
The oldest ballet that has survived to this day in the now classic version of the great British choreographer
Organized by: Rome Opera Foundation
Tickets for the first performance from €22 to €100, for repeat performances from €20 to €75

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Foundation Presenta

"Season 2022 - 23"
Back on stage at Rome Opera House from 2 to 9 May 2023 the enchanting La Fille mal gardée, the oldest of the ballets still firmly in the repertoire of all major dance companies.

Presented in the famous version of Frederick Ashton (taken from Jean-Christophe Lesage), with the sets and costumes by Osbert Lancaster, ballet sees on stage Étoiles, first dancers, Soloists is Corps de ballet of Rome Opera House, guests of the Parisian étoile Léonore Baulac, making its debut at the Costanzi, e Daniel Simkin.

The score is performed live byRome Opera Orchestra, the director ascends the podium of the Lirico capitolino for the first time Philip Ellis.

Seven performances on the bill, on days 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 May (in addition to a matinee for schools on 4 at 11).

La Fille mal gardée

It is in July of 1789, a few days before the storming of the Bastille, that the great dancer and choreographer Jean Dauberval (1742 – 1806) created on the stage of Grand Theater of Bordeaux the most famous ballet of the 18th century: La Fille mal gardée (then called The Ballet of the Sequins).

The work – testimony of the new spirit that pervaded dance, oriented towards the nascent "Ballet d'action” – humorously told the thwarted idyll of two young farmers, Lise and Colas, who decide to live their love story in spite of her mother, who intends to marry her daughter with the foolish but rich Alain.

Duberval, having abandoned the courtly conventions of the dramaturgy of the time, stages a simple and witty story, set in a bucolic setting, between dances and country parties, haystacks and domestic animals that burst onto the scene.

In its long history, which has spanned more than two centuries, La Fille mal gardée it has undergone numerous alterations, from title changes to choreography, to musical scores. A turning point in the life of the famous ballet comes in 1960, when the famous English choreographer Frederick Ashton creates its edition for the Royal Opera House of London, work that will quickly become the reference version worldwide.

Inspired by the original model and the contribution of Petipa, Sir Frederick Ashton marries pantomime and virtuosity, veined with an irresistible humour'very british'. Among his most joyful and colorful creations, the Fille mal gardée contains some of Ashton's most striking choreography, particularly in the series of virtuosic pas de deux expressing the youthful passion of the two lovers. Inspired by his love of the Suffolk countryside, the ballet is pervaded by a lively and bubbly atmosphere, between country dances, colored ribbons of the 'pas de ruban' and hilarious paintings like the well-known one of the dancing hens. The music, adapted from John Lanchbery, start from the original ones of Ferdinand Herold.

(In the images, La Fille mal gardée in the Royal Opera House staging; above, Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae, photocredit ©Dave Morgan)
Rome, La Fille mal gardée at the Teatro dell'Opera in the sparkling choreography by Frederick Ashton


Director Philip Ellis
Choreography Frederick Ashton

Taken from Jean-Christophe Lesage
Scenes and costumes Osbert Lancaster

Léonore Baulac 2, 4 (8pm) with Alessio Rezza
Daniil Simkin 3, 6 (8pm) with Rebecca Bianchi

Susanna Salvi
Claudio Cocino
Michele Satriano 

Orchestra, Étoiles, Principal Dancers, Soloists and Corps de Ballet of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Staging Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich


La fille mal gardée
Ballet in two acts

choreography Frederick Ashton


May 2, 2023 at 8 pm "before"
repeats on 3 (20), 4 (20), 6 (15 and 20), 7 (16.30) and 9 (20) May

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