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13 May 2018 (Sun), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Small Stage - Tours of Sofia Opera and Ballet Classical Ballet "Le corsaire" Ballet in two acts by Adolphe Adam

Running time: 2 hours (till 21:00)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for "Le corsaire" Ballet in two acts by Adolphe Adam 2018/2019

Ballet company: Sofia National Ballet

Ballet company: Sofia National Ballet

Classical Ballet in 2 act

Le Corsaire was created in 1856, based on Lord Byrons poem of the same name, which has already many times served as the basis for operas and ballets. Since the time of the first production in Paris, the ballet Le corsair was expanded with music by other composers, the choreography was altered and modified, but the absorbing plot about the adventures and the love of the noble pirate remains the same up to now. The music of the ballet Le Corsaire attracts with its liveliness and ease, real French exquisiteness and high taste.

With music by Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Pyotr Oldenburgsky

Libretto: Eldar Aliev based on motifs from the libretto by Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier

Choreography: Eldar Aliev (with fragments from the choreography by Marius Petipa)

Participants: soloists, ensemble and orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet

Artistic Director of the ballet Sara-Nora Krysteva

Conductors Boris Spasov, Zhorzh Dimitrov

Set Design Semyon Pastukh

Costume Design Galina Solovyova

Lighting Design Eldar Aliev

Assistant Choreographer Boris Ladičorbić

Stage Director Riolina Topalova

Repetiteurs Masha Ilieva, Yasen Valchanov, Milena Simeonova, Ivanka Kasabova, Dilyana Nikiforova



Corsairs are sailing at full sail through a terrible storm towards an Eastern shore.

Act I

Scene 1

At the marketplace

The Corsairs led by Conrad, and their girlfriends arrive at a marketplace in Adrianople. Fanfares announce the impending arrival at the market of rich and influential Seid Pasha who intends to buy girls for his harem.

Seid Pasha and his retinue, accompanied by slave trader Lankendem arrive at the market. His first purchase is Gulnara, a carefree beauty with inexhaustible energy. After him, Lankendem exhibits Greek girl Medora. Seid Pasha and everyone around him is stunned by her beauty. Conrad and Medora's eyes meet and the world ceases to exist. As a sign of this sudden surge of love, Conrad gives the girl an amulet in the form of a bracelet, which will now protect her and bring happiness. Neither Seid Pasha, who has bought Medora without haggling nor his resplendent procession, just out of view, can return the lovers to reality.

The action is over, the marketplace empties. The Corsairs are the last to leave.

Scene 2

At the Grotto

Returning to the grotto, where the Corsairs are staying Conrad, dreaming of Medora, falls asleep.

Scene 3

A lively Garden

Conrad dreams of a magical flower garden where he and Medora are happy and carefree.

Scene 4

At the Grotto

Awakening from his sweet dream, Conrad realizes that life without Medora is meaningless and vows to find her come what may.

Act II

Scene 5

Seid Pashas Palace

Joy and gladness reign in Seid Pasha's harem. The wives, of whom Gulnara is now one, are preparing for the arrival of their master. Only Medora is sad: She cannot forget the beautiful Conrad, to whom she devotes all her thoughts and feelings.

Medora's friends ask her to share her sadness with them and reveal the significance of the bracelet that she always wears. She tells the story of a stranger, who suddenly awakened in her a feeling of love; although they are never destined to meet again, she cannot forget him. The arrival of Seid Pasha causes a commotion in the harem. All his attention is drawn to Medora. Gulnara tries to distract him with the dancing of the beautiful odalisques, which lulls Seid Pasha to sleep. He is carried, accompanied by Gulnara, to his chambers.

Midnight: Medora is alone and dreaming of her loved one.

Conrad, who has secretly made his way into the palace of Seid Pasha, finds Medora. The happiness of the lovers has no limit. Their noise brings Gulnara, who decides to help them, and shares her plan: dressed in the robes of her friend she will attract the attention Seid Pasha, and thus give the lovers the chance to hide and evade pursuit.

Medora and Conrad leave the palace and Gulnara, who has managed to gain access to Seid Pasha, successfully executes her plan.

Scene 6

At the Grotto

The Corsairs greet their leader and his sweetheart and celebrate their return. Medora and Conrad are happy and vow to be together for the rest of their days.


Out on the open sea, the Corsairs sail away, together with Conrad, Medora and their friends, heading towards new adventures.

Schedule for "Le corsaire" Ballet in two acts by Adolphe Adam 2018/2019

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