The fairy tales of your childhood like you've never seen before: plunge into a magic world where animals speak and where fairies exist...
Music is magic. That's what the very first opera in history says: in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, the lyre appears like the only way to charm the most unyielding of all, the prince of the underworld. Music expresses the inexpressible, depicts imaginary worlds. Thus, no wonder that the opera dives into the fantastic universe. But moving away from the mythological figures bequeathed from the antic theatre, 19th century composers explored the fairy-tale world...
It is a well-known fact that fairy tales present archetypical characters: the pure and loving young girl, the hero on an initiatory journey, the evil... From this fundamental structure stems an infinite number of variations explored by writers such as the Grimm Brothers, and an inexhaustible source of inspiration for composers. As a result, these heroes, who are well-known to every child appeared on every opera stage: Hansel and Gretel and their famous gingerbread house, Sleeping Beauty and the spindle, the unfortunate Cinderella and her lost slipper, ....
From La Cenerentola by Rossini to L’Enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel, including The Little Cunning Vixen by Janácek, rediscover the classics of your childhood.
With Aurélia Schaefer (Cinderella), Francesco Nappa (Prince), Bernice Coppieters (Fairy/Mother) – Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Bernice Coppieters (Zobéïde), Jérôme Marchand (The Sultan Shariar), Oliviers Lucea (The big Eunuch)... – Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Amandine Albisson, Mathieu Ganio, François Alu – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris
Alina Somova (Masha the Princess), Vladimir Shklyarov (The Nutcracker Prince), Alexandra Korshunova (Masha)... – Mariinsky Theater Ballet Company
Royal Ballet of Flanders
Lis Jeppesen (La Sylphide), Nikolaj Hübbe (James), Sorella Englund (Madge) – Royal Danish Ballet
With Dorothée Gilbert (Swanilda), José Martinez (Coppélius) and Mathias Heymann (Frantz)
Ádám Fischer, Stefan Herheim – With Myrtò Papatanasiu (Rusalka) and Pavel Černoch (Prince)
Alina Cojocaru (Princess Aurora), Federico Bonelli (Prince Florimund), Christopher Saunders (King Florestan XXIV) – The Royal Ballet
Kent Nagano, Achim Freyer, Unsuk Chin – With Sally Matthews and Dietrich Henschel – Nationaltheater München
Peter Hall (stage director), Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) – With Maxim Mironov (Don Ramiro), Ruxandra Donose (Cenerentola)...
Dennis Russell Davies, André Engel – Elena Tsallagova (The Vixen), Paul Gay (Harašta)
Markus L. Frank, Johannes Felsenstein – Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau
Agnès Letestu (Cinderella), José Martinez (The movie star) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
Alain Guingal, Giancarlo del Monaco – Aquiles Machado (Hoffman), Milagros Poblador (Olympia) – Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao
Lyon Opera Ballet
Svetlana Beriosova, Violetta Elvin, Alicia Markova, John Field
Agnès Letestu (Odette), José Martinez (Siegfried) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
Nederlands Dans Theater
Jonathan Kent (stage director), William Christie (conductor) – With Lucy Crowe, Ed Lyon, Adrian Ward...
Riccardo Muti, Pierre Audi – With Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night) and René Pape (Sarastro)...
Daniel Barenboim (conductor) – Staatsoper Berlin
Waldbühne 2006: Sheherazade, An Oriental Night – Berliner Philharmoniker
Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra