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ballet La Fille mal gardée by Sir Frederick Ashton

With Nadia Nerina, David Blair and Stanley Holden – Royal Ballet London

La Fille mal gardée by Sir Frederick Ashton With Nadia Nerina, David Blair and Stanley Holden – Royal Ballet London

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An archive from 1962, recorded by the BBC with the Royal Ballet of London and the star dancer Nadia Nerina.

La Fille mal gardée (literal translation: The Badly Guarded Girl), was presented at its 1789 Bordeaux premiere as Le Ballet de la paille, ou Il n’est qu’un pas du mal au bien (The Ballet of Straw, or There is Only One Step from Bad to Good). Eighteenth-century titles did tend towards verbosity, but in this case one couldn’t guess from the title that this ballet told a simple story about young lovers whose betrothal was thwarted by the girl’s meddlesome mother who had another candidate in mind.

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Casting

  • Sir Frederick Ashton | Choreographer
  • Louis-Ferdinand Hérold | Composer
  • John Lanchbery | Arranger
  • Osbert Lancaster | Set designer
  • Nadia Nerina | Lise
  • David Blair | Colas
  • Stanley Holden | Widow Simone
  • Alexander Grant | Alain
  • Leslie Edwards | Thomas
  • Franklin White | A notary
  • The Royal Ballet
  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • John Lanchbery | Conductor

Program

  • Louis-Ferdinand Hérold / John Lanchbery / Sir Frederick Ashton, La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter)
    • Act I
    • Clog Dance
    • Act II

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Margaret Dale
  • Production date: 1962
  • Recording date: 7–9 September 1962
  • Duration: 1 h 28 min
  • Production: © BBC
  • Available version(s): EN
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