Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1948

Scènes de ballet
M Igor Stravinsky (1944)
SC André Beaurepaire
D Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes, Alexander Grant, Donald Britton, John Field, Philip Chatfield, and corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 11 February 1948

NP Ballett der Deutschen Oper; R Monica Parker and Ray Barra;
performed in practice dress, without scenery:
D Silvia Kesselheim, Klaus Beelitz
FP Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 11 March 1968

ST Het Nationale Ballet; R Faith Worth and Wayne Eagling:
FP Muziektheater, Amsterdam, 21 March 1992

NP Ballet de Nice; R Faith Worth; SC (new) André Beaurepaire:
D Charlotte Chapellier, Michele Politi
FP Opéra de Nice, 8 December 1995

ST Birmingham Royal Ballet; R Malin Thorrs-Watt and Antoinette Sibley:
D Nao Sakuma, Sergiu Pobereznic
FP Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 14 April 2000

ST Kungliga Baletten Operan Stockholm (Royal Swedish Ballet):
R Malin Thorrs-Watt:
D Nathalie Nordquist, Oscar Salomonsson
FP Operan, Stockholm, 15 February 2002

[La Traviata]
Opera in three acts by Francesco Piave, from the play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils; English version by Edward J Dent
M Giuseppe Verdi (1853)
Production by Tyrone Guthrie, with the assistance of Frederick Ashton
SC Sophie Fedorovitch
Cast: Marguerite (sic): Elisabeth Schwarzkopf; Armand Duval (sic): Kenneth Neate
FP Covent Garden Opera, Royal Opera House, London, 6 April 1948

Don Juan
A Choreographic Impression by Frederick Ashton (subtitle added
13 September 1952)
M Richard Strauss (Symphonic Poem, opus 20)
SC Edward Burra
D Don Juan: Robert Helpmann; "La Morte Amoureuse": Margot Fonteyn; Her Attendants: Alfred Rodrigues, Bryan Ashbridge; A Young Wife: Moira Shearer; Her Husband: Richard Ellis; Amours: Anne Heaton, Gerd Larsen, Julia Farron, Rosemary Lindsay, Nadia Nerina, Gillian Lynne; Rivals: John Field, Kenneth Melville, Philip Chatfield; Carnaval: corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 25 November 1948

Cinderella
Ballet in three acts
Devised and produced by Frederick Ashton
M Serge Prokofiev (ballet, opus 87)
SC Jean-Denis Malclès
D Cinderella: Moira Shearer; Cinderella's Stepsisters: Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann; Cinderella's Father: Franklin White; The Ragged Fairy Godmother: Pamela May; A Tailor: Donald Britton; The Dressmakers: Anne Negus, Margaret Dale; The Shoemaker: Paul Reymond; The Hairdresser: Leslie Edwards; A Jeweller: Henry Legerton; The Dancing Master: Harold Turner; The Coachman: Robert Lunnon; The Fairy Spring: Nadia Nerina; The Fairy Summer: Violetta Elvin; The Fairy Autumn: Pauline Clayden; The Fairy Winter: Beryl Grey; The Prince: Michael Somes; The Jester: Alexander Grant; Suitors: Alfred Rodrigues, Donald Britton; The Prince's Friends: Bryan Ashbridge, Philip Chatfield, Kenneth Melville, Kenneth MacMillan; A Negro: Ronald Kaye; Violinists, Pages, Lackeys, Stars, Courtiers, Guests, Townswomen, Footmen: corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 23 December 1948

NP Royal Ballet; adapted for television by Frederick Ashton;
directed by Clark Jones:
D Cinderella: Margot Fonteyn; The Prince: Michael Somes;
Stepsisters: Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan
FP NBC Television (Producers' Showcase), New York NY,
29 April 1957

ST Royal Ballet touring section; D Cinderella: Margot Fonteyn;
The Prince: Michael Somes; Stepsisters: Rosemary Lindsay, Merial Evans; FP Royal Opera House, London, 14 December 1960

NP Royal Ballet; some revisions including new variation for the Fairy Godmother to music from Prokofiev's Visions fugitives, opus 22 No 7, orchestrated by John Lanchbery; SC Henry Bardon and David Walker:
D Cinderella: Margot Fonteyn; The Prince: David Blair; Stepsisters: Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann; Fairy Godmother: Annette Page; The Jester: Alexander Grant; The
Fairy Spring: Antoinette Sibley; The Fairy Summer: Vyvyan Lorrayne; The Fairy Autumn: Merle Park; The Fairy Winter:
Deanne Bergsma
FP Royal Opera House, London, 23 December 1965

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; pas de deux from Act II only; D Cinderella: Merle Park; The Prince: Donald MacLeary; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Ballet for All; solo for Cinderella from Act I only; FP Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 11 October 1973

ST Royal Ballet/Paris Opera Ballet; Act II pas de deux only; R Wendy Ellis Somes:
D Aurélie Dupont, Jonathan Cope
FP Entente Cordiale gala, Opéra National de Paris, Palais Garnier, 29 September 2004

NP Royal Ballet: SC David Walker:
D Cinderella: Maria Almeida; The Prince: Jonathan Cope;
Stepsisters: David Bintley, Derek Deane
FP Royal Opera House, London, 16 December 1987

NP Royal Ballet: R Wendy Ellis Somes; S Toer van Schayk; C Christine Haworth:
D Cinderella: Alina Cojocaru; The Prince: Johan Kobborg;
Stepsisters: Anthony Dowell, Wayne Sleep; Fairy Godmother:
Isabel McMeekan; Fairy Spring: Christina Elida Salerno;
Fairy Summer: Lauren Cuthbertson; Fairy Autumn: Laura Morera;
Fairy Winter: Zenaida Yanowsky; Jester: José Martin
FP Royal Opera House, London, 23 December 2003

By other companies:

NP Ballet of La Scala, Milan; pas de deux from Act II only;
SC Emmanuele Luzzati:
D Cinderella: Margot Fonteyn; The Prince: Michael Somes;
FP Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 11 February 1960

NP The Australian Ballet; R Robert Mead; SC Kristian Fredrikson:
D Cinderella: Lucette Aldous; The Prince: Kelvin Coe: Stepsisters: Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann
FP Elizabethan Theatre, Newtown, Sydney, 17 March 1972

NP PACT Ballet; R John Hart; SC Reinhard Heinrich:
D Cinderella: Dawn Weller; The Prince: Keith Rosson;
Stepsisters: James Riveros, Wilhelm Schoeman
FP Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, 25 August 1972

ST Het Nationale Ballet, under the title Assepoester:
R Michael Somes and Faith Worth; SC David Walker:
FP Muziektheater, Amsterdam, 17 December 1987

ST Kungliga Teaterns Balett (Royal Swedish Ballet); R Michael Somes and Faith Worth; SC David Walker: FP Opera House, Stockholm, 20 April 1991

 

 

 

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