The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present one of the world’s greatest ballet companies – the Bolshoi Ballet – performing Le Corsaire on Sat., Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. It will be presented in high definition, captured live via satellite from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
In a bustling Turkish market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem, at the bazaar. Smitten, Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lankedem decides to sell her to the Pasha.
Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem The Corsair, and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s classic choreography, this favorite of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions. Originally revived in 2007, Ratmansky utilized the choreographic notation of the Sergeyev Collection, as well as materials found in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Bakhrushin Theatre Museum and the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, to assist in mounting a historically informed production. It was the most expensive production of a ballet ever mounted, estimated at $1.5 million.
Complete with a magnificent awe-inspiring shipwreck and dramatic scenery, this grand romance allows enough dancing for nearly the entire company and is made for those who seek miracles in the theatre.
The ballet has many celebrated passages which are often extracted from the full-length work and performed independently; of these, the Le Corsaire pas de deux is among classical ballet’s most famous and performed excerpts. The ballet runs three hours, 35 minutes, with two 25-minute intermissions. Light refreshments will be available in the Opera House concession room during both intermissions.
Opera House executive Director Rick Davis notes that the Village of Fredonia’s annual Fredonia-Pomfret Costume Parade takes place on the day of this performance. With parade units lining up at the corner of Risley and Temple streets beginning at 12:30pm, those attending the ballet are advised to come early to find suitable parking.
Individual tickets to Le Corsaire are $15, ($10 students). A special Live in HD Series flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different HD Series events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.
This presentation is made possible with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.