Frederick Ashton and His Ballets


Les deux pigeons (The Two Pigeons)
An Allegory in two acts and three scenes, based on the fable by La Fontaine
M André Messager, arranged and partly orchestrated by John Lanchbery (ballet, 1886, with one number from Véronique, opéra-comique, 1898)
SC Jacques Dupont
D The Young Man: Christopher Gable; The Young Girl: Lynn Seymour; His Mother (renamed A Neighbour: 1974): Shirley Bishop; A Gypsy Girl: Elizabeth Anderton; Her Lover: Robert Mead; A Gypsy Boy; Johaar Mosaval; Two Old Gypsy Crones: Lorna Mossford, Valerie Deakin; Friends of the Young Girl, Gypsies, Sightseers: corps de ballet
FP Royal Ballet touring section, Royal Opera House, London,
14 February 1961

ST Royal Ballet; D The Young Man: Alexander Grant; The Young Girl; Lynn Seymour; A Gypsy Girl: Georgina Parkinson; Her Lover: Robert Mead; A Gypsy Boy: Laurence Ruffell
FP Royal Opera House, London, 16 October 1962

ST Royal Ballet School; D The Young Man: Graham Powell; The Young Girl: Lesley Collier; A Gypsy Girl: Margaret Barbieri; Her Lover: Nicholas Johnson; A Gypsy Boy: Wayne Sleep
FP Royal Opera House, London, 17 July 1965

ST Ballet for All; Act II pas de deux only; FP Playhouse, Walton- on-Thames, 18 January 1975

ST Birmingham Royal Ballet; R ?:
D The Young Girl: Dorcas Walters; The Young Man: Robert Parker; A Gypsy Girl: Asya Verzhbinsky; Her Lover: Joseph Cipolla
FP Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 5 April 2000

By other companies:

NP CAPAB Ballet Company; R Faith Worth; SC Peter Rice; D The Boy: Gary Burne; The Girl; Phyllis Spira; Gypsy Girl: Janice Worth; Her Lover: John Simons
FP Civic Theatre, Belleville, South Africa, 19 October 1968

ST The Australian Ballet; R Robert Mead; D The Boy: Kelvin Coe; The Girl: Lucette Aldous; Gypsy Girl: Marilyn Rowe; Her Lover; Jonathan Kelly; Gypsy Boy: Paul Saliba FP Opera House, Sydney, 30 April 1973

ST National Ballet of Canada; R Lynn Wallis; FP O'Keefe Center, Toronto, 28 February 1979

NP CAPAB Ballet Company; R Lynn Wallis and David Poole; SC Peter Cazalet: D The Young Man: Edward Greyling; The Young Girl: Phyllis Spira; A Gypsy Girl: Elizabeth Triegaardt; Her Lover: John Simons; FP Nico Malan Opera House, Cape Town, 28 March 1980

ST Houston Ballet; R Robert Mead (restaged 1992 by Lynn Seymour): FP Jones Hall, Houston TX, 12 May 1983

ST Les Ballets de Monte Carlo; as Les deux pigeons; R Robert Mead: FP Opéra de Monte Carlo, Monaco, 18 April 1987

ST Ballet of the Teatro Regio; R Faith Worth: FP Teatro Regio, Torino, 18 January 1992

ST Noriko Kobayashi Ballet Theatre; R Dennis Bonner: FP Tokyo, 17 October 1992

NP Ballet de Nice; as Les deux pigeons; R Faith Worth; SC Carlo Diappi:
D La jeune fille: Elena Kniazkova; Le peintre: Wilfried Romoli; La gitane: Sylvie Sangiorgio; Le chef des gitans: Filippo Verdirosi; Le jeune gitan: Nicolas Blanc
FP Opéra de Nice, 8 December 1995

ST Hong Kong Ballet; R Faith Worth: FP Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, 9 May 1996

ST Scottish Ballet; R Denis Bonner and Lesley Collier;
D Young Girl: Sarah Wildor; Young Man: Ivan Dinev; Gypsy Girl: Lorna Scott; Her Lover: Luca Martini
FP Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 16 April 2002

ST National Ballet of Georgia: R Denis Bonner, Margaret Barbieri; SC Alexandre Vassiliev and David Monavardisashvili
D Young Girl: Nino Gogua; Young Man: Irakli Bakhtadze; Gypsy Girl: Lali Kandelaki; Her Lover: David Khozashvili
FP Tbili Z Palisashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia, 26 October 2006

Poème tragique
M Alexander Scriabin (opus 34)
C William Chappell
D Rudolf Nureyev
FP Royal Academy of Dancing Gala Matinée, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, 2 Novemer 1961

Melodrama in three scenes by André Gide
M Igor Stravinsky (melodrama in three scenes, 1933-1934)
SC Nico Ghika
D Persephone: Svetlana Beriosova; Mercury: Alexander Grant; Pluto: King of the Underworld: Keith Rosson; Demeter, Mother of Persephone: Gerd Larsen; Demaphoön, Persephone's earthly husband: Derek Rencher; Eumolpus, the High Priest (tenor): André Turp; Friends of Persephone: Georgina Parkinson, Christine Beckley, Monica Mason, Audrey Farris, Pamela Moncur; Oceanides: Deanne Bergsma, Vyvyan Lorrayne, Betty Kavanagh, Rosalind Eyre, Louanne Richards, Heather Clipperton; Hours; same as Oceanides; Nymphs, Shades, Attendants, Adolescents:
corps de ballet
FP Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 12 December 1961

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; excerpt only;
D Persephone: Svetlana Beriosova; Mercury: Alexander Grant; Demeter: Gerd Larsen; Demaphoön; Derek Rencher; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970


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