4/10/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Lady of the Camellias – Marcia Haydee & Ivan Liska (1986)

Shall We Dance


Lady of the Camellias is a ballet by John Neumeier with music by Frédéric Chopin, created for Marcia Haydée, then prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet. It premiered at the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 1978. The theme of The Lady of the Camellias is a love story between Marguerite Gautier, a “demi-mondaine” (“courtisane” in the original French, i.e., a woman “kept” by various lovers, frequently more than one at a time) suffering from tuberculosis, and a young provincial bourgeois, Armand Duval. 

Lady of the Camellias

Marguerite Gautier – Marcia Haydee
Armand Duval – Ivan Liska
Monsieur Duval – Francois Klaus
Prudence – Colleen Scott
Gaston – Vladimir Klos
Manon Lescaut – Lynne Charles
Des Grieux – Jeffrey Kirk
Olympia – Gigi Hyatt
Nanina – Beatrice Cordua
Duke – Victor Hughes
Earl N. – William Parton
Pianist – Richard Hoynes
Married couple – Shristina Fritschi, Anders Hellstrom

And the
Hamburg Ballet

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