The Estonian National Opera performs Delibes’s Coppélia ballet in Tampere as part of the celebrations of Estonia's centenary and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Conductors: Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten, Lauri Sirp, Priit Aimla
The 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland is on 6 December 2017, only a few months before the Republic of Estonia celebrates its centenary. The anniversary season of the two neighbouring countries combines events both in the Estonian National Opera house as well as Finnish theatres. The Estonian National Opera will contribute Delibes’s Coppélia ballet, Vinter and Raudmäe’s musical of Pippi Longstocking, Tubin’s ballet The Goblin, Verdi’s opera La Traviata, Puur’s opera The Colours of Clouds, plus baby concerts and various captivating educational projects.
Ballet by Léo Delibes
Premiered at the Estonian National Opera on 4 March 2010
Choreographer-Stage Director: Ronald Hynd (England)
Conductor: Jüri Alperten
Designer: Roberta Guidi di Bagno (Italy)
Assistant Choreographer: Marilyn Vella-Gatt (England)
Since its premiere at Opéra Paris in 1870, Coppélia has been a huge success with audiences, and it has been in the repertoire of theatres for almost a century and a half.
The choreography by Ronald Hynd has excited audiences at the English National Ballet for several seasons. The choreography is based on the version originally composed by Marius Petipa, and exudes classical beauty, accompanied by wonderful melodies by Delibes.
Doctor Coppélius, a maker of toys, creates a life-size doll, Coppélia, and his only wish is to bring this doll to life. When this eventually happens, Coppélius finds out that two young lovers Swanilda and Franz have fooled him. The story goes through mistakes and adventures, ending with a merry wedding party for Swanilda and Franz.
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