Le Coq d'or

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(Eng. title The Golden Cockerel, orig. Russ. title Zolotoi petushok)

Opera in three acts with music by Rimsky-Korsakov and libretto by V. Belsky after Pushkin's poem. Although written as an opera, it was as a ballet that the work earned its international reputation. Fokine staged it for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes on 24 May 1914 at the Paris Opera, with all the roles performed by dancers, leaving the singers to sing the action from the side of the stage. Each singer was paired with a dancer; only the Golden Cockerel did not appear on stage. The designs, based on Russian folk art, were by Goncharova. Fokine's cast included Karsavina, Bulgakov, and Cecchetti. Fokine restaged his work for de Basil's Ballets Russes in 1937 as a one-act ballet without using singers, starring Baronova and Riabouchinska. This was the version revived by Beriozoff for London Festival Ballet in 1976. The humorous ballet recounts the folk tale of the Golden Cockerel, which rewards those who keep their promises.

Subjects: Dance.

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