Rudolf Nurejew

Raymonda

Ballet

Rudolf Nureyev's "Raymonda" (music: Alexander Glasunow) will return to the Wiener Staatsoper for the first time since Manuel Legris took over as a ballet director. The dramatic love story between the young girl Raymonda and cavalier Jean de Brienne ends despite the kidnapping of Raymonda with a happy ending in love and harmony.

09 March 2018
Friday
19:00 - 22:15
2 intermissions
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Cast | 09.03.2018

Conductor Kevin Rhodes
Director Rudolf Nurejew
Bühnenbild und Kostüme Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting John B. Read
 
Raymonda, Gräfin de Doris Liudmila Konovalova
Gräfin Sibylle, Tante der Raymonda Oxana Kiyanenko
Die Weiße Dame Gloria Maass
Clémence, Raymondas Freundin Nikisha Fogo
Henriette, Raymondas Freundin Natascha Mair
Ritter Jean de Brienne, Raymondas Verlobter Leonardo Basílio
Andreas II., König von Ungarn Zsolt Török
Abderachman, Sarazenischer Fürst Mihail Sosnovschi
Bernard de Ventadour, Provencalischer Troubadour Scott McKenzie
Béranger, Aquitanischer Troubadour Richard Szabó
Der Seneschall Peter Karolyi
 

Details

RAYMONDA

The action takes place in a castle in Provence in the 13th Century. While awaiting the return of their husbands and fiancés, who are at war in the Holy Land, the noblemen’s wives and daughters try to forget their loneliness listening to the songs of the troubadours.

ACT I

Overture

Preparations for a wedding are being made in the castle. The childless Countess Sibylle de Doris wishes to ensure that her estate passes into good hands and has decided to marry her niece Raymonda to Jean de Brienne, a knight.

Pas de quatre

Raymonda’s friends Henriette, Clémence, Béranger and Bernard amuse themselves with the bridal gown.

Entrance of the countess

The countess reproaches the young people for their idle games, as a Saracen army is at the gates of the city. She calls on the White Lady, whose spirit has haunted the castle since time immemorial. Whenever danger threatens, the White Lady appears and protects the House of Doris. However, she also punishes those who neglect duty and honour.

The King of Hungary enters, later followed by Raymonda

The seneschal announces the arrival of the King of Hungary, a comrade-inarms of Jean de Brienne. The king gives Raymonda a letter in which Jean de Brienne writes of his impending return. He also presents her with gifts from her betrothed, whom she has never seen. Among them is a tapestry with a portrait of Jean de Brienne.

Pavane

The whole company dances. The grace of the ladies makes a delightful contrast to the heavy steps of the warriors.

Great waltz and Raymonda’s Variation

A scene of merry dancing.

Pas de cinq

Raymonda dances with Henriette, Clémence, Béranger and Bernard.

Entrance of Abderachman

To everybody’s surprise, the Saracen prince enters the castle and lays magnificent jewels at Raymonda’s feet. Abderachman then retires, followed by the ladies and gentlemen.

Romanesca

Lost in thought, Raymonda strums a few notes on her lute. Her friends try to distract her.

Variation („The Veil”)

Raymonda dances with her bridal veil.

Duet

Béranger and Bernard

Pas de cinq

Henriette, Clémence, Béranger and Bernard leave Raymonda to rest. Sadly reflecting on the imminent end to her girlhood, she falls asleep.

Appearance of the White Lady

Raymonda dreams that the White Lady takes her to the tapestry, which Jean de Brienne steps out of.

Great adagio/Valse fantastique/Henriette’s variation/Clémence’s variation /Jean de Brienne’s variation/Raymonda’s variation/Coda

Love duet by Raymonda and Jean de Brienne, surrounded by the courtiers, Henriette and Clémence.

Appearance of Abderachman

Raymonda’s dream becomes a nightmare when the Saracen prince suddenly enters it. Abderachman takes on the form of Jean de Brienne and renews his advances with untiring vigour. Raymonda tries to resist him, but the stranger becomes even more persistent, almost violent.

Daybreak

The young girl awakes.

ACT II

March

Abderachman invites the nobility to attend a feast which he is giving in Raymonda’s honour. He has had a large tent erected specially for the occasion.

Pas de six and variations

Abderachman pays homage to the young girl, who is surrounded by her friends Henriette, Clémence, Béranger and Bernard.

Saracen dance/Arab dance: Abderachman’s variation/Saracen duet/Spanish dance/Oriental dance: Abderachman’s Variation.

The feast begins.

Bacchanal

In the general confusion, Abderachman attempts to abduct Raymonda.

Jean de Brienne’s entrance

The courageous knight appears just in time to save his bride from the arms of her abductor. Jean de Brienne and Abderachman prepare to fight. The king bids them abide by the code of the chivalry.

Duel

The two warriors fight first on horseback, then man to man with swords.

Hymn

While the Saracens carry their dying prince off, Jean de Brienne celebrates the victory with Raymonda and her friends.

Pas de deux

Jean de Brienne and Raymonda are united at last.

ACT III

Procession

There is a celebration to mark the marriage of Jean de Brienne to Raymonda.

Hungarian Dance

Grand pas classique hongrois/Henriette’s variation/Pas de quatre by the young men/Variation of Clémence and two friends/Jean de Brienne’s Variation/Raymonda’s variation/Coda

Galop

The presence of the king of Hungary in this castle in Provence is an occasion for a Hungarian divertissement.

Adagio/apotheosis