Frederick Ashton and His Ballets

1960

La Fille mal gardée
Ballet in two acts and three scenes after Jean Dauberval
M Ferdinand Hérold, freely adapted and arranged by John Lanchbery from the 1828 version
Curtain SC Osbert Lancaster
D Widow Simone, a rich farmer: Stanley Holden; Lise, her daughter: Nadia Nerina; Colas, a young farmer in love with Lise: David Blair; Thomas, a prosperous vineyard owner: Leslie Edwards; Alain, his son: Alexander Grant; Village Notary: Franklin White; His Secretary: Maurice Metliss; Cockerel: Laurence Ruffell; Hens: Margaret Lyons, Robin Haig, Maureen Maitland, Gloria Bluemel; Villagers, Harvesters, Grooms, etc: corps de ballet
FP Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 28 January 1960

ST Royal Ballet touring section; D (principals) as above;
FP Hippodrome, Bristol, 9 November 1962

NP Ballet for All; abridged version devised by Peter Brinson and arranged by John Field as a ballet-play entitled "Ashton and La Fille mal gardée"; S Peter Courtier, after Osbert Lancaster; C Osbert Lancaster:
D Lise: Brenda Last; Colas: John Sale
FP Manor Court Modern School, Portsmouth, 13 September 1964

ST Royal Ballet School; R Faith Worth, Lynn Wallis, and David Gayle; D Widow Simone: Ronald Emblen; Lise: Jennifer Jackson; Colas: Robert Huguenin; Alain: Denis Bonner
FP Royal Opera House, London, 24 June 1972

By other companies:

ST Margot Fonteyn World Tour; pas de deux only; D Lise: Annette Page; Colas: Royes Fernandez; FP Herod Atticus Theatre, Athens, 9 August 1963

ST Royal Danish Ballet; under the title Den Slet Bevogdtede Datter; R Frederick Ashton; D Widow Simone: Niels Bjørn Larsen; Lise: Solveig Østergaard; Colas: Niels Kehlet; Alain: Fredbjørn Bjørnsson; FP Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen, 16 January 1964

ST The Australian Ballet; R Elphine Allen; D Widow Simone: Ray Powell; Lise: Marilyn Jones; Colas: Bryan Lawrence; Alain: Alan Alder; FP Tivoli Theatre, Sydney, 12 October 1967

ST PACT Ballet; R John Hart; D Widow Simone: Petrus Bosman; Lise: Merle Park; Colas: Anthony Dowell; Alain: Ken Yeatman
FP Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, 4 September 1969

NP Hungarian State Ballet; S Gábor Forray; C Tivadar Máark; D Widow Simone: Viktor Fülöp; Lise: Zsuzsa Kun; Colas: Viktor Róna; Alain: Levente Speki
FP Opera House, Budapest, 28 March 1971

ST Ballet of the Bayerische Staatsoper; R Annete Page and Ronald Hynd, with Cherry Trevarkis, choreologist; D Widow Simone: Michel de Lutry; Lise: Gislinde Skroblin; Colas: Heinz Bosl; Alain: Ferenc Barbay; D Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, 18 May 1971

ST Royal Swedish Ballet; D Widow Simone: Istvan Kirsch; Lise: Kerstin Lidström; Colas: Imre Dózsa; Alain: Markko Heinonen; FP Opera House, Stockholm, 1 April 1972

ST State Ballet of Turkey; R Faith Worth; D Lise: Meriç Sümen; FP National Theatre, Ankara, 24 November 1973

ST Ballet of the Opernhaus, Zürich; R Faith Worth; FP Opernhaus, Zürich, 12 October 1974

ST National Ballet of Canada; R Faith Worth, Michael Somes; D Widow Simone: Jacques Gorissen; Lise: Karen Kain; Colas: Frank Augustyn; Alain: David Roxander
FP O'Keefe Center, Toronto, 17 November 1976

ST Ballet of the Teatr Wielki; R Faith Worth: FP Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, 17 April 1977

ST San Francisco Ballet; R Faith Worth, Christopher Newton: FP War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco CA, 10 January 1978

ST Ballet of the Teatro Municipal; R Faith Worth: FP Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, 18 April 1983

ST Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper; under the title Das übelgehütete Mädchen (retitled List und Liebe, 2002) R Michael Somes, Faith Worth; FP Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 11 March 1986

ST The Joffrey Ballet; Act I Scene 2 pas de deux only:
D Lise: Yoko Ichino; Colas: Fernando Bujones; FP New York State Theater, New York NY, 1 April 1986

ST The Joffrey Ballet; R Alexander Grant, Faith Worth:
D Widow Simone: Stanley Holden; Lise: Tina LeBlanc; Colas: David Palmer; Alain: Edward Stierle;
FP Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles CA, 11 September 1986; City Center Theater, New York NY, 16 October 1986

ST Das Essener Ballett; under the title Die schlecht behütete Tochter: R Faith Worth; FP Aalto-Theater Essen, 4 November 1989

ST Houston Ballet; R David Scott, Alexander Grant; FP Brown Theater, Houston TX, 11 June 1992

ST Gothenburg Ballet; R Alexander Grant and David Scott; FP Gothenburg Opera, 4 January 1995

ST Ballett der Vereinigten Bühnen Graz; R Alexander Grant; FP TK

ST Royal New Zealand Ballet; R Alexander Grant: FP State Insurance Opera House, Wellington, 1 March 1997

ST Ballet dell'Opera Roma; R Emilio Martins and Alexander Grant; D Lise: Margaret Illman; Colas: Raffaele Paganini;
FP Opera, Rome, 13 June 1997

ST Stuttgart Ballet; R Alexander Grant and Jane Elliott: D Lise: Patricia Salgado; Colas: Filip Barankiewicz;
FP Staatstheater, Stuttgart, 12 May 2000

ST Hong Kong Ballet; R Alexander Grant and Emilio Martins: FP Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, 3 August 2000

ST Bolshoi Ballet; under the title Vain Precautions (Tscjetnaja Prjedastorozhnost); R Alexander Grant and Emilio Martins:
D Lise: Svetlana Lunkina; Colas: Andrei Bolotin; Simone: Alexander Petukhov; Alain: Gennady Yanin
FP Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, 29 January 2002

ST American Ballet Theatre; R Alexander Grant, Christopher Carr, Grant Coyle: D Lise: Ashley Tuttle; Colas: Ethan Stiefel; Simone: Kirk Peterson; Alain: Joaquin de Luz
FP Metropolitan Opera House, New York NY, 31 April 2002

ST Boston Ballet: R Alexander Grant, Christopher Carr, Grant Coyle: D Lise: Polyanna Ribeiro; Colas: Simon Ball; Simone: Paul Thrussell; Alain: Ilya Kozadayev
FP Wang Theater, Boston MA, 20 February 2003

ST Hamburg Ballet: R Alexander Grant and Jane Elliott:
FP Hamburgische Staatssoper, 12 December 2004

ST Pennsylvania Ballet; R Alexander Grant and Emilio Martins:
D Lise: Arantxa Ochoa; Colas: Zachary Hench; Widow Simone: David Krensing; Alain: Philip Colucci
FP Academy of Music, Philadelphia PA, 4 March 2005

ST Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre: R Emilio Martins; D Lise: Miriam Alekside; Colas: Sebastian Kloborg; Marceline [sic]: Genadi Yanin; Alain: Evgeni Gerasimenko;
FP Tbilisi State Opera, Tbilisi, 1 July 2005

ST Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris: R Alexander Grant, Christopher Carr, Grant Coyle:
D Lise: Dorothée Gilbert; Colas: Nicolas Le Riche: Mère Simone: Stéphane Phavorin; Alain: Simon Valastro.
FP Palais Garnier, Paris, 22 June 2007

[Giselle]
Ballet in two acts by Théophile Gautier and Vernoy de Saint- Georges, based on a theme by Heinrich Heine
Choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, revised by Marius
Petipa, R Nicholas Sergeyev; production supervised and with additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, in collaboration with Tamara Karsavina
M Adolphe Adam and Friedrich Burgmüller, partly orchestrated by Robert Irving, Gordon Jacob, John Lanchbery, and Richard Temple Savage
SC James Bailey
D Giselle: Margot Fonteyn; Count Albrecht: Michael Somes; Berthe, Giselle's mother: Gerd Larsen; Hilarion: Leslie Edwards; Duke Courland: Derek Rencher; Bathilde: Julia Farron; Wilfred: Richard Farley; Peasant pas de deux (new woman's variation by Ashton): Maryon Lane, Brian Shaw; Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis: Anya Linden: Two Wilis: Georgina Parkinson, Christine Beckley; Villagers, Courtiers, Wilis, etc: corps de ballet
FP Royal Ballet, Metropolitan Opera House, New York NY, 30 September 1960; Royal Opera House, London, 4 April 1961

ST Royal Ballet touring section; D Giselle: Margot Fonteyn; Albrecht: Michael Somes; Peasant pas de deux: Lynn Seymour, Brian Shaw: Myrtha: Anya Linden; FP Festival Hall, Tokyo,
17 April 1961

NP Royal Ballet touring section; production by Peter Wright, with further additions by Frederick Ashton (but omitting some from the 1960 production, including the new variation in the Peasant pas de deux); SC Peter Farmer; D Giselle: Doreen Wells; Albrecht: David Wall; Myrtha: Shirley Grahame
FP Royal Opera House, London, 16 May 1968

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; woman's variation from the Peasant pas de deux only: D Ann Jenner;
Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

NP Royal Ballet; production by Norman Morrice; SC James Bailey (1951): this production included the woman's variation in the Peasant pas de deux by Ashton (1960); D Karen Paisey;
FP Royal Opera House, 3 July 1980

NP Royal Ballet; production by Peter Wright; M orchestrated by Henri Busser (1924); SC John F Macfarlane; this production included the woman's variation in the Peasant pas de deux by Ashton (1960): D Wendy Ellis
FP Royal Opera House, 28 November 1985

By other companies:

NP State Ballet of Turkey; R Joy Newton and Dudley Tomlinson;
D Giselle: Meriç Sümen; Albrecht: Sait Sömen; Peasant pas de deux: Binay Okurer, Selçuk Sayüner
FP National Theatre, Ankara, 22 October 1964

 

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