La Gypsy

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Ballet in three acts with choreography by Mazilier, libretto by Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Mazilier, music by Benoist, Ambroise Thomas, and Marliani, sets by Philastre and Cambon, and costumes by Paul Lormier. Premiered 28 Jan. 1839 at the Paris Opera with Elssler and Mazilier. The ballet, set in the time of England's Charles II, is based on Cervantes' Novelas exemplares, which tells of the abduction of Sarah, daughter of a Scottish lord, who is taken from her home in a castle and forced to live among the gypsies. Twelve years later, having grown up as a gypsy, she is the victim of a love triangle which sees her beloved Stenio murdered by her rival Mab, queen of the gypsies. In a fit of revenge, Sarah takes a dagger to Mab. It was Mazilier's first ballet. Not to be confused with La Gitana, a ballet by F. Taglioni which starred Marie Taglioni and was performed at the same time in St Petersburg.

Subjects: Dance.

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