Sylvia by Manuel Legris after Louis Mérante, music by Delibes

Wiener Staatsoper

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Manuel Legris — Choreographer
Nikisha Fogo — Sylvia
Denys Cherevychko — Aminta
Davide Dato — Orión
Mihail Sosnovschi — Eros
Ketevan Papava — Diana
James Stephens — Endymion
Dumitru Taran — Faun
Natascha Mair — Naiad
Ioanna Avraam — Huntress
Alice Firenze — Huntress
Sveva Gargiulo — Peasant
Géraud Wielick — Peasant
Scott McKenzie — Shepherd
Anita Manolova — Nubian slave
Fiona McGee — Nubian slave

Program notes

The names of Louis Mérante, Léo Staats, Serge Lifar, Albert Aveline, and Lycette Darsonval place Sylvia in a classically French ballet tradition—a tradition to which choreographer extraordinaire Manuel Legris, himself a former étoile dancer for the Paris Opera Ballet, feels a deep attachment. Legris’s new version of Sylvia follows in the lively footsteps of his widely lauded 2016 production of Le Corsaire, astutely highlighting all the subtleties and contrasts of the choreography, beautifully complemented by the magnificent and colorful design that features sumptuous costumes and immersive backdrops by Luisa Spinatelli. 

The very first ballet ever performed at Paris’s Palais Garnier in the choreography by Mérante, Sylvia, ou la Nymphe de Diane is based on a play by 16th-century lyric poet Torquato Tasso and set to a lavish and evocative score by Léo Delibes. Since that first performance in 1876, it has gained renown as one of the most important choreographed works of the nineteenth century.

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Directed by:
François Roussillon
Venue: Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna, Austria)
Production date: 2019
Recording date: 2018
Duration: 1 h 42 min
Production: © Wiener Staatsoper - NHK - François Roussillon et Associés
Resolution: Full HD

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