La Dame aux camélias - Teatro La Fenice


La Dame aux camélias

Choreography and direction John Neumeier
La Fenice Opera House

John Neumeier is to receive the 2023 ‘Una vita nella musica’ award. The prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Sale Apollinee on the premiere of the ballet, Wednesday 18 January

world premiere: Stuttgarter Ballett, 4th November 1978
The performance lasts about 2 hours and 55 minutes including two intervals

In his ballet  John Neumeier uses the tragic 19th-century story of the courtesan Marguerite Gautier and her lover Armand Duval, as told by Alexandre Dumas jr., reflecting it against the fate of another equally doomed couple from the earlier century, the courtesan Manon Lescaut and her lover Des Grieux. In the enthrallingly dense choreography of great dramaturgical subtelty, Neumeier intertwines literary, historical and social themes with Frédéric Chopin’s music, namely excerpts from his 1st and 2nd piano concertos, the Grande Fantaisie op. 13, the Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22, and many more. The Largo from the B-minor sonata op. 58 serves as a leitmotif to the whole dramatic action.


Choreography John Neumeier
from Alexandre Dumas fils’s book


Works by Frédéric Chopin


Sets & Costumes Jürgen Rose
Hamburg Ballet


La Fenice Orchestra
Conductor Markus Lehtinen
Pianist Michal Bialk

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