Pharaoh's Daughter

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(Fr. title La Fille du Pharaon)

Full-length ballet with choreography by Petipa, libretto by Petipa and Vernoy de Saint-Georges, music by Pugni, sets by A. Roller and G. Wagner, and costumes by Kelwer and Stolyakov. Premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg, 30 Jan. 1862, with Rosati, Goltz, Petipa, and Ivanov. Set in Egypt, and inspired by the legends of Egyptian mummies, the story tells of Lord Wilson and his servant who seek refuge from a storm inside a pyramid. They smoke opium and in their dreams are visited by the resurrected vision of Aspicia, the Pharaoh's daughter, who draws them into the drama of her former life. An example of ballet à grand spectacle, it lasted four hours and featured a cast of 400. Petipa's first truly successful ballet, it resulted in his appointment as second ballet master in St Petersburg. Gorsky revived it for the Bolshoi in Moscow in 1905. Lacotte staged a version for the Bolshoi in 2000.

Subjects: Dance.

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