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  • Cinderella

    Act I As the ballet opens, Cinderella is seen helping her step-mother and two step-sisters to prepare for the Spring Ball, at which it is rumoured that the Prince will choose his bride. Though the two sisters are working together to produce a new shawl, they get into an argument over who will wear it […]

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  • Swan Lake

    A magnificent park before a palace. Prince Siegfried is celebrating his birthday with his tutor, friends and peasants.The revelries are interrupted by Siegfried’s mother, the Queen, who is concerned about her son’s carefree lifestyle. She tells him that he must choose a bride at the royal ball the following evening. Siegfried is upset that he […]

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  • The Nutcracker

    Act I Guests are gathering for a Christmas party at the Stahlbaum home. Among them are Drosselmeyer, godfather to Marie and Fritz, the Stahlbaums’ children. He has brought them a wonderful present: a funny Nutcracker. The children wait with impatience for when at long last they will be shown the Christmas tree and the presents. […]

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  • Sleeping Beauty

    Prologue In the palace of King Florestan XIV the wedding of his daughter, Princess Aurora, is being celebrated. Master of Ceremonies Catalabutte is checking the invitation list. The Lilac Fairy and Good Fairies appear among the courtiers and the guests coming to congratulate the Princess. They bring the newborn infant gifts, endowing her with the […]

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  • Shekherazade

    The Shahriyar, the Sultan of ancient Persia, is enjoying the pleasures and entertainment of his concubines and favourite wife Zobeide. His brother suggests that Zobeide is unfaithful and recommends that they pretend to go on a hunting trip. As soon as the Sultan and his brother have departed, the concubines bribe the Chief Eunuch with […]

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  • Romeo and Juliet

    Act I Scene 1 Morning in the Italian Renaissance city of Verona. Romeo, of the Montague family, greets the awakening day. As the city comes to life, Romeo is joined by two friends, Mercutio and Benvolio, and the market square is soon filled with people. The bitter enmity between the Montague and Capulet families emerges […]

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  • Giselle

    Act I A small, peaceful village, bathed in sunlight. It is inhabited by simple, artless people. Giselle, a young peasant girl, is rejoicing in the sun, the blue sky, the singing of the birds and, most of all, in the happiness of pure, trusting love which has lit up her life. She is in love […]

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  • Don Quixote

    Prologue Don Quixote, having read his fill of romances about knights and chivalry, decides to set off on his travels in order to achieve great feats, which will bring glory to his name. As his sword-bearer, he chooses the loyal Sancho Panza, a man of sober outlook who is not prone to dreams. Act I […]

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  • Carmen

    A square, in Seville. On the right, a door to the tobacco factory. At the back, a bridge. On the left, a guardhouse. A group of soldiers relaxes in the square, waiting for the changing of the guard and commenting on the passers-by («Sur la place, chacun passe»). Micaëla appears, seeking José. Moralès tells her […]

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