The Lady of the Camellias

Historic Stage Ballet in three acts

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Choreography, Staging & Light - John Neumeier

Sets and Costumes - Jürgen Rose

Music Director - Pavel Sorokin

Repetiteurs - Kevin Haigen, Radik Zaripov, Janusz Mazon

Realization of Lighting Concept - Ralf Merkek

Assistant to the Choreographer- Barbara Kurtz

Assistant to the Costume Designer - Dominique Gay

Pianist in the pit - Pyotr Chukhnov

Presented with two intervals. Running time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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The ballet takes place during an auction. The story evolves as a series of memories recalled from various points of view — Armand’s, his Father’s, and Marguerite’s. (All actions during the auction are indicated in light.)

PROLOGUE

Marguerite Gautier, once the most desirable courtesan in Paris, has died. The complete furnishings of her luxurious apartment are to be disposed of by auction. Carrying Marguerite’s diary, Nanina, her loyal servant, bids the place farewell. Among those inspecting the items is Monsieur Duval, whose son Armand rushes in frantically. Overcome by memories, he collapses.

ACT I

As Monsieur Duval comforts him, Armand tells his story.

It begins in the Theatre-des-Varietes, during a performance of the ballet „Manon Lescaut”, in which the famous rococo courtesan deceives Des Grieux with numerous admirers. In the audience, Marguerite Gautier is disgusted by Manon’s frivolous in fidelity. Armand Duval, who has long admired Marguerite, is introduced to her by Gaston Rieux. Marguerite makes fun of Armand’s awkward sincerity. As he follows the ballet, Armand fears that his own future may reflect Des Grieux’s sorrowful fate.

After the performance Marguerite invites Armand to her apartment along with his friend Gaston, the courtesan Prudence and her own escort, the wearisome young Count N. Annoyed by the jealous Count, Marguerite suffers a coughing attack. Armand follows her to her bedroom, offers his assistance, then confesses his love. Marguerite is moved by his sincere passion. However, aware of her fatal illness and needing the comfort of luxury, she insists that their affair must remain secret.

While Marguerite continues to lead her hectic life, hastening from one ball to another, from one admirer to the next, from an old Duke to the young Count, Armand is always there — waiting. When Marguerite departs for the idyllic country house the Duke had put at her disposal — he follows her.

ACT II

Marguerite’s summer straw hat promps Armand to resume his story... Surrounded by reveling friends and ardent admirers, Marguerite continues her turbu-lent life in the country.

With the inevitable confrontation between Armand and the Duke, Marguerite’s moment of decision arrives. She publicly acknowledges her love for Armand. Armand and Marguerite are alone at last.

Armand’s father recalls with regret his part in the story.

Ashamed that his son is living with a prostitute, Monsieur Duval visits Marguerite in the country. He insists that her relationship with his son will ruin Armand. Shocked, Marguerite protests, but the image of Manon and her admirers appear in memory, a mirror image of her own past, confirming the truth of Monsieur Duval’s accusations. He demands that she leave Armand. Out of deep and sincere love Marguerite com-plies.

Armand tells his father how he found the house deserted. He waited in vain until Nanina brought him a letter saying that Marguerite had returned to her former life. Unbelieving, Armand runs to Paris, finding Marguerite in the arms of the Duke.

Act III

Armand explains to his father how they met later on the Champs-Élysées.

Marguerite was accompanied by the beautiful young courtesan Olympia. To have his revenge on the woman who had so deeply wounded him, Armand flirts with and seduces Olympia.

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Deathly ill, Marguerite visits Armand, begging him not to hurt her by flaunting his affair with Olympia. Their passion ignites once more. Falling asleep, a vision of her alter ego Manon beckons Marguerite back to her former life. Waking, she remembers her promise to his father and silently leaves Armand for the second time.

At a grand ball, Armand publicly humiliates Marguerite by handing her money as pay¬ment for past services. Marguerite collapses.

Armand has reached the end of his story. He will never see Marguerite again. Deeply moved, his father leaves, as Nanina returns and gives Armand Marguerite’s diary.

Reading, Armand seems to accompany Marguerite on her last visit to the theatre. Again she views a scene from the ballet „Manon Lescaut”. This time it is one in which Manon, impoverished like herself, dies in the arms of her faithful lover Des Grieux.

Ill and despairing, Marguerite leaves the theatre, but the characters from the ballet follow her into a feverish dream. As the phantom lovers blend with her own memo¬ries, her identification with Manon seems complete. Deserted and longing to see Armand again, Marguerite confides her last thoughts to the diary, which she gives to Nanina for Armand.

Marguerite dies alone.

Armand silently closes her diary.

Date
27 November
19:00
28 November
19:00
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    Booklet [27 November 19:00]
  • Marguerite Gautier:
    Olga Smirnova
  • Armand Duval:
    Artem Ovcharenko
  • Manon Lescaut:
    Angelina Karpova
  • Des Grieux:
    Ruslan Skvortsov
  • Prudence Duvernoy:
    Kristina Kretova
  • Gaston Rieux:
    Artemiy Belyakov
  • Nanina:
    Anastasia Vinokur
  • Monsieur Duval:
    Vitaliy Biktimorov
  • Olympia:
    Anna Nikulina
  • The Duke:
    Alexander Fadeyehev
  • Count N.:
    Igor Tsvirko
  • Manon Admirers:
    Artur Mkrtchyan Vladislav Kozlov Apollinariy Proskurnin
  • Marguerite Admirers:
    Ivan Semirechenskiy Evgeniy Sazonov Sergei Zacharov
  • Pianist on the stage:
    Alexei Melentiev
  • Married couple:
    Irina Semirechenskaya Yuriy Ostrovskiy
  • Conductor:
    Pavel Sorokin

    THE THEATER ADMINISTRATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE LIST OF ACTORS.

    Booklet [28 November 19:00]
  • Marguerite Gautier:
    Nina Kaptsova
  • Armand Duval:
    Vladislav Lantratov
  • Manon Lescaut:
    Maria Vinogradova
  • Des Grieux:
    Artemiy Belyakov
  • Prudence Duvernoy:
    Kristina Kretova
  • Gaston Rieux:
    Mikhail Lobukhin
  • Nanina:
    Anna Antropova
  • Monsieur Duval:
    Andrey Merkuriev
  • Olymia:
    Daria Khokhlova
  • The Duke:
    Alexander Voituk
  • Count N.:
    Georgiy Gusev
  • Manon Admirers:
    Artur Mkrtchyan Vladislav Kozlov Apollinariy Proskurnin
  • Pianist on the stage:
    Alexei Melentiev
  • Married couple:
    Irina Semirechenskaya Yuriy Ostrovskiy
  • Auctioneer:
    Egor Simachev
  • His Assistant:
    Roman Simachev
  • Conductor:
    Pavel Sorokin