Romantic Ballet By Italy’s Oldest Opera Theatre

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Romantic Ballet By Italy’s Oldest Opera Theatre

March 23, 2017

Ballet fans, don’t miss the live staging of Giselle, hailed as one of the world’s greatest ballets and often regarded as the quintessential romantic ballet.

Performed by the world’s oldest working theatre and Italy’s oldest opera house San Carlo Theatre of Naples as well as Italy’s Ballet Company, Giselle was first staged in Paris in 1841.

The production is staged by multiple award-winning Italian dancer Giuseppe Picone who trained at the Ballet School of Teatro San Carlo of Naples and is currently the appointed artistic director of Corp de Ballet of Teatro San Carlo of Naples. Giselle's music, written by French composer Adolphe Adam, is one of the first full-length ballet scores ever to be composed.

Multiple award-winning dancer and soloist Ekaterina Oleynik will dance the role of Giselle, while former soloist prima ballerina and étoile Anna Razzi will be re-imagining the choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.

Wonderfully passionate, Giselle demonstrates how the power of forgiveness and redemption can overcome the anguish of love and betrayal. 

As the ballet begins, a nobleman named Albrecht is busy wooing the young and beautiful peasant girl Giselle. Albrecht leads her to believe that he is a farmer named Loys. Giselle falls in love with him, unaware that he is already betrothed to Bathilde, daughter of the Duke. She agrees to marry him, despite the romantic advancements of another peasant Hilarion, who suspects that Albrecht is an imposter. Giselle wants badly to dance, but her mother warns her that she has a weak heart.

A prince and his entourage are soon announced by a hunting horn. When the prince's daughter realises that she and Giselle are both engaged, she gives her a gold necklace. Hilarion tells Giselle that Albrecht has been deceiving her and that he is actually a nobleman.

Bathilde quickly reveals to Giselle that Albrecht is indeed her fiance. Horrified and weak, Giselle goes mad and dies of a broken heart.

The second act of the ballet takes place in a forest beside Giselle’s grave. The queen of the ghostly Wilis (vengeful spirits of abandoned brides) calls upon them to accept Giselle as one of their own. When Hilarion stops by, the Wilis make him dance to his death. But when Albrecht arrives, Giselle (now a Wili herself) dances with him until the Wilis' power is lost, when the clock strikes four. Realising that Giselle has saved him, Albrecht cries at her grave.

26 – 29 April 2017

• Wednesday to Friday: 8pm
• Saturday: 3.30pm & 8pm

Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

$65, $85, $115, $145, $175, $225, $460 (Box seat for four persons), $900 (VIP Box for four persons) from SISTIC

Photos courtesy of Francesco Squeglia

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