Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1958

La Valse
Poème chorégaphique
M Maurice Ravel (1919-1920)
SC André Levasseur
D Vera Colombo, Mario Pistoni, Carmen Puthod, Giulio Perugini,
Elettra Morini, Walter Vendetti, and corps de ballet
FP Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 31 January 1958

ST Royal Ballet; D Deirdre Dixon, Christine Beckley, Jacqueline Darryl, Gary Burne, Richard Farley, Keith Rosson
FP Royal Opera House, London, 10 March 1959

By other companies:

ST Royal Danish Ballet; R Frederick Ashton and Robert Mead:
D Benedikte Paaske, Eva Kloborg, Lis Jeppesen, Arne Bech,
Johnny Eliasen, Bjarne Hecht
FP Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen, 10 December 1982

La Valse
ST Royal Ballet School: R Christopher Carr; FP Royal Opera House, London, 16 July 2005

[Orfeo ed Euridice]
Opera in two acts by Raniero de'Calzabigi
M Christoph Willibald Gluck
Production by Gustav Grüdgens
SC Hein Heckroth
Cast: Orfeo: Fedora Barbieri; Amore: Françoise Orgeas; Euridice:
Sena Jurinac
D Vera Colombo, Roberto Fascilla, Carla Fracci, Gilda Majocchi,
Mario Pistoni, Bruno Tellosi
FP Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 18 February 1958

Ondine
Ballet in three acts, freely adapted by Frederick Ashton from the story by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué
M Hans Werner Henze
SC Lila de Nobili
D Ondine: Margot Fonteyn; Palemon: Michael Somes; Berta: Julia Farron; Tirrenio, Lord of the Mediterranean Sea: Alexander Grant; A Hermit: Leslie Edwards; Grand pas classique: Rosemary Lindsay, Annette Page, Ronald Hynd, Desmond Doyle, and corps de ballet; Divertissement: Maryon Lane, Brian Shaw, Merle Park, Doreen Wells, Peter Clegg, Pirmin Trecu, and corps de ballet; Ondines, Hunt, Wood Sprites, People from the Port, Sailors, Wedding Guests, Lackeys, Footmen, Acolytes, Page: corps de ballet
FP Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 27 October 1958

NP Royal Ballet; revised choreography; D (principals) as above; FP Royal Opera House, London, 2 June 1958

NP Royal Ballet; with further revisions:D Ondine: Margot Fonteyn;
Palemon: Donald MacLeary; Berta: Deanne Bergsma; Tirrenio; Alexander Grant FP Royal Opera House, London, 14 February 1964

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; "Vision of Ondine" only; D Ondine: Christine Aitken; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Royal Ballet; Act III divertissement only:
D Wendy Ellis, Wayne Eagling, Laura Connor, Rosalyn Whitten, Stephen Beagley, Ashley Page;
FP Royal Opera House, London, 29 May 1981 (50th Anniversary Programme)

ST Royal Ballet; R Christopher Newton
D Ondine: Maria Almeida; Palemon: Anthony Dowell; Berta: Deanne Bergsma; Tirrenio: Stephen Jefferies; Divertissement: Rosalyn Whitten, Bruce Sansom, Fiona Brockway, Nicola Roberts, Anthony Dowson, Jay Jolley
FP Royal Opera House, London, 10 May 1988

By other companies:

ST Ballets de Noël; pas de deux from Act I only;
D Ondine: Margot Fonteyn; Palemon: Michael Somes;
FP Théâtre de Monte Carlo, 3 January 1959

ST Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan: R Christopher Carr, Grant Coyle, Donald MacLeary;
D Ondine: Alessandra Ferri; Palemon: Adam Cooper; Berta: Sabina Galasso; Tirrenio: Biagio Tambone
FP Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 21 April 2000

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