Music by Adolphe Adam, arranged
by Riccardo Drigo
Choreography after Marius
World Premiere: (of complete ballet) Paris Opera, 1/23/1856
Original Cast: Carolina Galetti Rosati (Medora), Demenico Segarelli
ABT Premiere: Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, 12/25/62
Music by Cesare Pugni, Riccardo
Drigo, and others, orchestrated by John
Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev,
from the original by Joseph
Mazilier, revised by Marius
Cast: Lupe Serrano, Rudolf Nureyev
The pas de deux from Le
Corsaire is one of the
most famous in all of the classical ballet repertoire.
In the repertory of almost all ballet companies,
large and small, and performed by nearly
every classically-trained dancer from advanced
student to prima ballerina and premier danseur,
this show-stopping duet is an audience favorite
whenever and wherever it is danced.
this point in the story, Conrad the pirate has rescued
Medora, a Greek slave girl from sale to a Pasha's
harem and taken her to his underground grotto;
where, having fallen in love with her, they dance
this pas de deux in celebration of her rescue.
Corsaire, with choreography by Joseph
Mazilier, received its world premiere at the
Theatre Imperial de l'Opera, Paris on January
23, 1856 danced in the presence of the Emperor
Napoleon III, by Carolina Rosati (Medora),
and M. Segarelli(Conrad).