Choreographer Roland Petit and stage director Emmanuel Villaume reinterpret Bizet’s beloved L’Arlésienne Suite in their 1997 ballet at the Opéra national de Paris, starring étoile dancers Isabelle Guérin and Manuel Legris as the star-crossed lovers from Arles.
Based on Alphonse Daudet’s original 1872 three-act drama, L’Arlésienne tells the story of a boy who falls madly in love with a young girl from Arles, later tragically committing suicide when he learns of her relationship with another man. Bizet wrote incidental music for Daudet’s work, drawing extensively on traditional provençal music like the Christmas carol “La Marcho di Rei” and “La danso di chivau frus.” When the play itself fared poorly with audiences, Bizet refashioned the music into an orchestral suite (making the notable addition of the newly-invented saxophone to the score!) that has been a feature of concert stages ever since.
With Marie-Agnès Gillot and Nicolas Le Riche
Dorothée Gilbert (Kitri), Karl Paquette (Basilio)... – Paris Opera Ballet