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