Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1939

Pas de deux
M Frédéric Chopin (Prelude in A flat major, opus 28 No 17)
D Margot Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann
FP Liverpool Ballet Club, Crane Theatre, Liverpool, 21 April 1939

Cupid and Psyche
Ballet in one act and three scenes after Apuleius
M Lord Berners
SC Francis Rose
D Pan: Michael Somes; Nymphs: Palma Nye, Joan Leaman; Psyche: Julia Farron; Cupid: Frank Staff; Venus: June Brae; Psyche's Sisters: Mary Honer, Elizabeth Miller; Ceres: Margot Fonteyn*; Minerva: Mary Honer: Diana: Elizabeth Miller; Apollo: Richard Ellis; Juno: Ursula Moreton; Jupiter: David Grey; Narrators: Kathleen Hilditch, Margaret Tepler; Tanagra Women, Townspeople, Attendants on Ceres, Attendants on Minerva, Attendants on Diana, Attendants on Juno and Jupiter: corps de ballet
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 27 April 1939

*This role was to have been danced by Pamela May, but when she became ill Fonteyn replaced her at the last moment.

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; solo for Psyche only; D Marilyn Trounson; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

Devil's Holiday (Le Diable s'amuse)
Ballet in a prologue and three scenes by Vincenzo Tommasini
M Vincenzo Tommasini, on themes by Niccolò Paganini
Curtain SC Eugene Berman
D The Old Lord: Simon Semenoff; His Daughter: Alexandra Danilova;
The Young Lover: Frederic Franklin; The Fiancé: George Zoritch; The Devil: Marc Platoff; The Gypsy Girl: Nathalie Krassovska; The Old Woman: Tatiana Chamié; The Beggar: Robert Irwin; The Hat-Seller: Alexander Goudovitch; Variations: 1 Alexandra Danilova; 2 Rosella Hightower, Marina Novikova, Anna Scarpova, Roy Milton, Boris Belsky; 3 Nathalie Krassovska, George Zoritch, Chris Volkoff; 4 Tatiana Flotat, Tatiana Grantzeva, Rosella Hightower, Milada Mladova, Marina Novikova, Anna Scarpova; 5 Leila Lelanova, Jean Vallon, Charles Dickson, Ian Gibson; 6 George Zoritch, Chris Volkoff, Roy Milton, Robert Steele; 7 Alexandra Danilova; 8 Frederic Franklin; Bailiffs, Hunters, Guests: corps de ballet
FP Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 26 October 1939

NP Cincinnati Ballet: excerpts only: R Frederic Franklin; C Diana Vandergriff:
D Pas de deux: Tricia Sundbeck and Dimitri Trubchanov
Solo: Andrey Kasatsky; Dimitri Trubchanov
FP Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati OH, 18 October 2002

NP Royal Ballet: excerpts only; R Frederic Franklin; C Allan Watkins:
D Solo: Martin Harvey; Pas de deux: Laura Morera, Martin Harvey
FP Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 13 November 2004 (matinee)

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