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Choreography Marius Petipa / Ray Barra · Composer Alexander Glasunow

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Musikalische Leitung
Michael Schmidtsdorff
Choreographie
Marius Petipa
Neueinstudierung
Ray Barra
Bühne und Kostüme
Klaus Hellenstein
Licht
Christian Kass
Musikalische Einrichtung
Maria Babanina

Raymonda
N.N.
Graf Jean de Brienne
N.N.
Abderakhman
N.N.
Die Weisse Dame
N.N.
Clémence, 3 Akt Grand Pas
N.N.
Henriette, 3. Akt Grand Pas
N.N.
Bernard de Ventadour, 3. Akt Grand Pas
N.N.
Béranger, 3. Akt Grand Pas
N.N.
Gräfin Sybille
N.N.
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Raymonda, first performed in 1898 in St. Petersburg's Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, is the final great work by the choreographer Marius Petipa, creator of Cinderella, Nutcracker and Don Quijote. Set to the music of Alexander Glazunov, this ballet is regarded as the equal of Tchaikovsky's greatest works. If Petipa had been a world famous artist in his final creative phase during his work on Raymonda, then the chances are that the 32 year old Alexander Glazunov would have made his name as a young, emerging talent. Together they created the Ballet highlight of the late Tsarist era in St. Petersburg, which has had a lasting impact on our definition of classical ballet today.

At the first Ballet gala in January 2017, the stars of the Staatsballett led by Igor Zelensky presented the First Soloist Ksenia Ryzhkova and Demi-Soloist Alexander Omelchenko in the Grand Pas Hongrois, one of Raymonda's choreographic highlights. After a break of eight years, the full-length piece will return to the National Theatre stage in May 2018. The choreographer Ray Barra, who has previously reworked Swan Lake and Don Quijote in Munich, will also be responsible for the Bayerisches Staatsballett Raymonda adaption. He has retained Marius Petipa choreography while working more intensively on developing the leading heroine's story. Raymonda is stuck between two men: the crusader knight Jean de Brienne, to whom she has been betrothed since childhood and the Saracen caliph from Córdoba, Abderakhman, who woos and tries to seduce her. Although Jean kills Abderakhman in a fight, paving the way for a splendid wedding feast at the ballet's climax, Raymonda will never forget her encounter with Abderakhman, his disturbing, erotic power and the deeply conflicting emotions she experiences.

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Michael Schmidtsdorff was born in Hamburg. He studied conducting in his hometown and in Vienna. After being an assistance conductor at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar he became leading conductor and assistant musical director at the Theater Lüneburg.

In 1998, he conducted at the Hamburg Ballett John Neumeier for the first time and traveled around the world with the company over the years. Since 2002, he worked with the Berliner Staatsballett, the Ballet de l'Opéra Paris, the Ballett der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden, the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen and the ballet of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (together with the Martha Graham Dance Company New York in 2015). Further guest performances led him to St. Petersburg, Japan, San Francisco, Muscat (Oman) and to Cagliari.

Since 2005, Michael Schmidtsdorff regularly conducts performances with the Bayerisches Staatsballett. In February 2017 he accompanied the guest performance of the Bayerisches Staatsballett to Hong Kong.

Repertoire with the Bayerischen Staatsballett

The Lady of the Camellias (F. Chopin/J. Neumeier)
Swan Lake (P. Tschaikowsky /P. Bart/M. Petipa)
Brahms-Schönberg Quartett (G. Balanchine)
Große Fuge (L. van Beethoven / H. van Manen)
Le Corsaire (L. Minkus / M. Petipa / I. Liška)
Raymonda (A. Glasunow / M. Petipa / R. Barra)
Onegin (P. Tschaikowsky / J. Cranko)
Illusions – like Swan Lake (P. Tschaikowsky/J. Neumeier)
Giselle (A. Adam/M. Ek)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy/J. Neumeier)
Sinfonie in C / in the Night / Adam is (G. Bizet/F. Chopin/G. Balanchine/ J. Robbins/ A. Barton)
La Bayadère (L. Minkus/M. Petipa/P. Bart)
Paquita (A. Ratmansky/ M. Petipa)
Terpsichore Gala IX & X (The World of the Ballets Russes, 20th anniversary season of the Staatsballetts)

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