Choreography by George Balanchine
Staged by Merrill Ashley
Music by Giuseppe Verdi, from Don Carlos
Originals Designs by Ben Benson
Costumes Constructed by Dale Wibben
Original Lighting by Ronald Bates
Lighting by Penny Jacobus

Timing: 17:00

Ballo della Regina is a virtuoso set of variations, comparable to the bel canto style of opera. It is set to ballet music that was cut from the original production of Verdi’s Don Carlos. Lincoln Kirstein writes that the ballet seems to take place in a grotto, with reference through lighting and costumes to the original tale of a fisherman’s search for the perfect pearl.

Ballo della Regina was given its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere on October 23, 2007 at City Center, New York, danced by Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg.

Ballo della Regina was given its World Premiere by New York City Ballet on January 12, 1978 at the New York State Theater, New York, danced by Merrill Ashley, Robert Weiss, Debra Austin, Bonita Borne, Stephanie Saland and Sheryl Ware.

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