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Classical Ballet Alexander Glazunov "Raymonda" (Ballet in three acts)
World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Small Stage

Running time: 3 hours

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Alexander Glazunov "Raymonda" (Ballet in three acts) 2022

Composer: Alexander Glazunov
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Set Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Costume Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
Artistic Director: Maestro Yuri Grigorovich

Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

Premiere of this production: 19 January 1898, Imperial Mariinsky Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia

Raymonda is one of the most elegant and celebrated ballets of all time – and rarely seen in its entirety. It was the creation of Marius Petipa (the renowned Maître de Ballet to the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres), the composer Alexander Glazunov, the director of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and the author and columnist Countess Lidiya Pashkova. Scenario is based on medieval knight's legends.

Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich after scenario by Lidia Pashkova,
based on medieval knight`s legends

Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich (version of 2003)
Scenes in choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky used
Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
Lighting Designer: Mikhail Sokolov
Assistant Choreographer: Natalia Bessmertnova

Presented with two intervals.
Premiered on May 10, 2003.


photo © Marc Haegeman

Additional information

  • Characters and performers

  • Synopsis
    Act I
    Raymonda, the niece of the Countess Sybil de Daurice, а French noblewoman, is betrothed to Jean de Brienne.
    De Brienne arrives at the castle. Не has come to bid farewell to Raymonda before leaving to go on а crusade led by the King of Hungary, Andrei II.
    Raymonda says goodbye tо her beloved and the knight leaves the castle.
    Night-time. Raymonda is carring into the enchanted garden of dreams. In her dreams Raymonda sees Jean de Brienne. The happy lovers are together again.
    Suddenly Jean de Brienne disappears.
    In his place Raymonda sees an Eastern knight whom she does not know. Не confronts her with а passionate declaration of his love. Raymonda is deeply perturbed and falls unconscious to the ground. The mirage vanishes.
    Dawn breaks. Raymonda decides that the vision she had in the night is an omen.

    Act II
    Festivities are underway at the Dayrice castle.
    Among the guests is the Saracen knight, Abderakhman, accompanied by а magnificent suite. Raymonda recognizes him to be the mysterious stranger of her dream. She is terrified. Abderakhman offers Raymonda power and riches in return for her hand and heart. Raymonda rejects Abderakhman. Enraged, Abderakhman tries to abduct her.
    Suddenly knights appear. They have returned from the crusade. Jean de Brienne is among them.
    King Andrei П suggests that Jean de Brienne and Abderakhman settle their diffеrences in single combat. Jean de Brienne gets the better of Abderakhman. The lovers are united.

    Act III
    King Andrei II blesses the marriage of Raymonda аnd Jеаn de Brienne. In honour of the King of Hungary, the wedding festivities are concluded by а big Hungarian dance.

    Schedule for Alexander Glazunov "Raymonda" (Ballet in three acts) 2022

    "Raymonda" - back on the Historical stage!
    About This Video
    December 2016 "Raymonda" ballet returned to the Historical stage.

    Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich (version of 2003). Scenes in choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky used.

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