Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1953

Orpheus
Opera in two acts by Raniero de'Calzabigi; English text after the Reverend J Troutbeck
M Christoph Willibald Gluck
Production and choreography by Frederick Ashton
SC Sophie Fedorovitch
Cast: Orpheus: Kathleen Ferrier; Amor: Adele Leigh; Eurydice:
Veronica Dunne
D Dance of the Furies: Alexander Grant and corps de ballet
Dance of the Blessed Spirits: Svetlana Beriosova and corps de
ballet
FP Royal Opera and Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 3 February 1953

See 1958, Orfeo ed Euridice; 1978, Orpheus and Eurydice: Dance in the Elysian Fields

Homage to the Queen
The Coronation Ballet
M Malcolm Arnold
SC Oliver Messel
D Entrée: Ensemble
Procession of the Four Elements:
The Queen of the Earth: Nadia Nerina; Her Consort: Alexis Rassine; Her Attendants: Pauline Clayden, Margaret Dale,
Anne Heaton, Michael Boulton, Peter Clegg, Ray Powell;
Pas de six: Joan Benesh, June Lesley, Avril Navarre, April
Olrich, Angela Walton, Dorothea Zaymes;
The Queen of the Waters: Violetta Elvin; Her Consort: John
Hart; Her Attendants: corps de ballet;
Pas de trois: Brian Shaw, Julia Farron, Rowena Jackson;
The Queen of Fire: Beryl Grey; Her Consort: John Field;
Spirit of Fire: Alexander Grant; Pas de quatre: Svetlana
Beriosova, Rosemary Lindsay, Bryan Ashbridge, Philip Chatfield
The Queen of the Air: Margot Fonteyn; Her Consort: Michael Somes; Her Attendants: corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 2 June 1953

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; Air pas de deux only; D Georgina Parkinson, Keith Rosson; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Royal Ballet; Air; D Deborah Bull, William Trevitt; FP Royal Opera House, London, 9 December 1994

NP Royal Ballet; new choreography by David Bintley (Earth), Michael Corder (Water), Christopher Wheeldon (Fire); choreography by Ashton staged and recreated by Christopher Newton: Entrée Procession of the Four Elements: D Ensemble; The Queen of the Air D Darcey Bussell; Her Consort D David Makhateli; Her Attendants D corps de ballet; Apotheosis D Ensemble; SC Peter Farmer
FP Royal Opera House, London, 5 June 2006

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