Ballet by Léo Delibes
Based on the story by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann „The Sand-Man“
World premiere on May 2, 1870 in Opéra Paris
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on March 4, 2010
“A joyful, colourful ballet which is suitable for children and adults alike!”
After the premiere at Opéra Paris in 1870, Coppélia has been a huge success with audiences, and it has been in the repertoire of theatres for almost a century and a half.
The choreography by Ronald Hynd has enticed the audiences at the English National Ballet for several seasons. The choreography is based on the version originally composed by Marius Petipa and exudes classical beauty accompanied by wonderful melodies by Delibes.
Doctor Coppélius, a maker of toys, creates a life-size doll Coppélia and his only wish is to bring this doll to life. When this eventually happens, Coppélius finds out that two young lovers Swanilda and Franz have fooled him. The story goes through mistakes and adventures, ending with a merry wedding party of Swanilda and Franz.
“There’s no prince and no princess in it. It’s peasants, it’s a boy and a girl in a village, and there are no overly romantic tones to it. It’s just a simple romance – no swan, no sleeping beauty. It’s life. And I think that’s why it’s really always been successful, because people can identify with the very simple, charming story.”
– Ronald Hynd