La Fille du Pharaon

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(orig. Russ. title Doch faraona)

Ballet in three acts with choreography by Petipa, libretto by Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Petipa, music by Pugni, sets by A. Roller and Wagner, and costumes by Kelwer and Stolyarov. Premiered 30 Jan. 1862 at St Petersburg's Bolshoi Theatre with Rosati, Goltz, Petipa, and Ivanov. It was inspired by Gautier's Le Roman de la momie and tells the story of an English lord who, under the influence of opium, dreams that the beautiful (dead) Princess Aspicia comes to life and that, in his wooing of her, he turns into an Egyptian, Ta-Hor. Typical of the opulence of the Tsar's productions it was nearly four hours long and had a cast of 400. Its huge success led to Petipa's appointment as assistant ballet master. In 2000 it was reconstructed for the Bolshoi by Lacotte and again became a popular favourite.

Subjects: Dance.

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