Bolshoi Ballet - Esmeralda

11 & 12 May

Running time, 2 hours 45 minutes (approx, subject to change)

Please note: Esmeralda replaces Wayne McGregor's new version of The Rite of Spring due to the horrific attack on Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Sergei Filin in January 2013.


Esmeralda: Maria ALEXANDROVA Pierre Gringoire: Denis SAVIN Phoebus de Châteaupers: Ruslan SKVORTSOV Fleur de Lys : Ekaterina KRYSANOVA With the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Music : Cesare PUGNI Libretto : Jules PERROT after the novel “Notre Dame de Paris” by Victor HUGO Original choreography : Marius PETIPA (1886) Scenography and new choreographic version : Yuri BURLAKA and Vasily MEDVEDEV (2009) Sets : Alyona PIKALOVA Costumes : Yelena ZAYTSEVA Lights : Damir ISMAGILOV Musical direction : Pavel KLINICHEV With the Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s famous novel “Notre Dame de Paris”, Esmeralda was first presented in London in 1844. It was then choreographed again by Marius Petipa in 1886 for the Bolshoi. Today’s choreographic version is from Yuri Burklava and Vasily Medvedev and was first presented at the Bolshoi in December 2009.

Poet Gringoire, sentenced to be hanged, is saved in extremis by beautiful Esmeralda who agrees to marry him. Archdeacon Frollo, torn between his love for God and his obsession for the gypsy girl, sends his henchman Quasimodo to capture her. Esmeralda is rescued by Phoebus, the captain of the guard, who gives her his scarf as a souvenir. Later, alone, Esmeralda, starts dreaming about the handsome captain…