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Classical Ballet "Napoli" (Romantic Ballet in 3 acts)
Brilliant Classical Stanislavsky Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1887, founded by Stanislavsky)

Schedule for "Napoli" (Romantic Ballet in 3 acts) 2022

Choreography: August Bournonville
Music Director: Felix Korobov

Orchestra: Stanislavsky theatre symphony orchestra

Classical Ballet in 2 acts

Premiere of this production: 27 March 2009

Composer N.Gade, E.Helsted , H.S.Paulli, H.Ch.Lumbye
Libretto by August Bournonville
Choreography August Bournonville, Frank Andersen
Set Design Mikael Melbye
Musical Director and Conductor Felix Korobov
Costume Design Deirdre Clancy

“Musical theater’s ballet dancers had to reveal two main secrets of the Danish style: an intricate pantomime and dance – faceted with diminutive pas. It appears that they were able to do both. The performance - brilliant and bubbling with life - is captivating”.
Elena Fedorenko, "Culture"

Napoli, or The Fisherman and His Bride is a ballet created in 1842 for Denmark's Royal Ballet by Danish choreographer and ballet master August Bournonville. The ballet tells the story of Teresina, a young Italian girl who falls in love with Gennaro, a fisherman. The tale culminates in the marriage of the lovers.

Act I (The Market).

Teresina's mother Veronica, who does not want her to marry poor Gennaro, introduces her to two other suiters. These are two older, but, rich men named Peppo and Giacamo. Teresina, much to her mother's distress, refuses them both and instead goes off to wait for Gennaro. When Gennaro arrives back at port, he and Teresina go to find Veronica and try to convince her that they should wed. Luckily for them, this task proves relatively easy once she sees how true the young couple's love is. Full of happiness Teresina and Gennaro sail off together.

Meanwhile a group of entertainers come and put on a show for the townsfolk. However, a violent storm begins and the festivities come to an abrupt end. When the storm ends, Gennaro is found, but Teresina is not. Thinking she has drowned, Veronica openly mourns for her daughter and blames Gennaro for her death. So stricken by this turn of events Gennaro becomes so agitated that he almost commits suicide, but stops when he sees a statue of the Madonna. Soon Fra Ambrosio, the local monk, appears and gives him a picture of the Madonna telling him to go and find Teresina.

Act II (The Blue Grotto).

Gennaro looks everywhere for Teresina and eventually finding her in The Blue Grotto, a magical place ruled by Golfo who has turned Teresina into a Naiad (Fairy of the Sea). Because of the Transformation, Teresina no longer remembers Gennaro. However, through faith, Teresina is changed back into a human and has her memory restored. Quickly, Gennaro and Teresina leave the Grotto to return to Naples.

Act III (The Wedding).

When Teresina and Gennaro return the townsfolk are suspicious because they had thought Teresina was dead. Peppo and Giacamo even try to convince everyone that Gennaro is in league with the devil. This rumor is soon disproved and the wedding celebration begins.


Several composers contributed to the score: repetiteurs Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli composed Acts I and III; Niels W. Gade created the blue grotto atmosphere for Act II - including a popular melody of the time, "La Melancholie", composed by the violin virtuoso Francois Henri Prume. Bournonville asked H.C. Lumbye, later to become the famous Tivoli composer, to provide the music for the concluding galop that follows Paulli's tarantella.

Bournonville recounts in his memoirs how, during a monotonous carriage journey, he spent hours humming what became the first three sections of the tarantella in Act III. The tarantella became the inspiration for the creation of the ballet.

In Act I, Rossini's slander aria from The Barber of Seville is used as the basis for Peppo's slander scene; the folk tune, "Te voglio ben assai" is used in Act I to highlight the young lovers' feelings; the Latin hymn "O Santissima" is used in Act II to underscore the power of Christianity over Golfo's demonry.

Provided by Wikipedia - "Napoli"


Schedule for "Napoli" (Romantic Ballet in 3 acts) 2022

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