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Ballet in a prologue and three acts based on the tale by Charles Perrault
composed by Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij
Cast
La principessa Aurora      Dorothée Gilbert (17 - 8.30 pm; 18 - 4 pm; 19 - 4 pm; 20 - 5.30 pm; 22 - 9.30 pm; 23 - 4 pm)
Nina Ananiashvili (18 - 9.30 pm; 19 - 9.30 pm; 22 - 4 pm, 23 - 9.30 pm)
Il principe Désiré Alessio Carbone (17 - 8.30 pm; 18 - 4 pm; 19 - 4 pm; 20 - 5.30 pm; 22 - 9.30 pm; 23 - 4 pm)
Vasil Akhmeteli (18 - 9.30 pm; 19 - 9.30 pm; 22 - 4 pm, 23 - 9.30 pm)
Fata dei Lillà

Soimita Lupu (17; 18 - 4 pm; 19 - 9.30 pm; 20; 22 - 9.30 pm; 23 - 4 pm)
Debora Di Giovanni (18 - 9.30 pm; 19 - 4 pm; 22 - 4 pm; 23 - 9.30)

Principessa Florine Michela Viola (17; 18 - 9.30 pm; 20; 22 - 4 pm; 23 - 9.30 pm)
Debora Di Giovanni (18 - 4 pm; 19 - 9.30 pm; 23 - 4 pm) Lucia Ermetto (19 - 4 pm; 22 - 9.30 pm)
Uccellino azzurro

Guillem Brull Bover (17; 18 - 9.30 pm; 20; 22 - 4 pm; 23 - 9.30 pm)
Giuseppe De Palo (18 - 4 pm; 19; 22 - 9.30 pm; 23 - 4 pm)

Carabosse Simona Filippone 17; 18 – Anna Di Martino 19; 20 – Carla Livio 22; 23

Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Ballet and Young Dancers
Coreographer Irina Kolpakova / Eldar Aliev
based on Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa
Conductor Alexander Titov

Production by the Fondazione Arena di Verona

Teatro Massimo Orchestra and Ballet
Thursday 17/12/2009 8.30 pm Premiere
Friday 18/12/2009 4 pm Schools Turn S2
Friday 18/12/2009 9.30 pm C Turn
Saturday 19/12/2009 4 pm Single-tickets-only evening
Saturday 19/12/2009 9.30 pm F Turn
Sunday 20/12/2009 5.30 pm D Turn
Tuesday 22/12/2009 4 pm B Turn
Tuesday 22/12/2009 9.30 pm Single-tickets-only evening
Wednesday 23/12/2009 4 pm S1 Turn
Wednesday 23/12/2009 9.30 pm Single-tickets-only evening
Running time
Part I - 65 minutes
Interval - 20 minutes
Part II - 65 minutes
Synopsis
Prologue
The king anxiously awaits the birth of his only child. At last the infant arrives. The king calls for a grand christening celebration to which all the fairies of the kingdom are invited to bestow their blessings on his daughter, Aurora. As the fairies present their gifts of beauty, grace, generosity, song, and temperament, they are interrupted by the arrival of Carabosse; she is enraged and insulted that the king forgot to invite her to the ceremony. Carabosse announces her curse that Aurora will one day prick her finger and die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy has yet to give her present. She declares that although Aurora will prick her finger she will not die. Instead she will fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince.

Act I
The king anxiously awaits the birth of his only child. At last the infant arrives. The king calls for a grand christening celebration to which all the fairies of the kingdom are invited to bestow their blessings on his daughter, Aurora. As the fairies present their gifts of beauty, grace, generosity, song, and temperament, they are interrupted by the arrival of Carabosse; she is enraged and insulted that the king forgot to invite her to the ceremony. Carabosse announces her curse that Aurora will one day prick her finger and die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy has yet to give her present. She declares that although Aurora will prick her finger she will not die. Instead she will fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince.

Act II
One hundred years later, Prince Désiré is out hunting with some companions. There in the forest he sees a vision of the most beautiful woman he has ever imagined; it is Aurora. Désiré danceswith Aurora and falls instantly in love. When the vision disappears Désiré pleads with the Lilac Fairy to take him to Aurora. Désiré discovers the overgrown castle, but must first do battle with Carabosse, who would prevent him from entering. Once inside the castle Désiré finds Aurora and awakens her with a kiss. Désiré declares his love for Aurora and the king and queen give their blessing for their marriage.

Act III
The palace must be prepared for the wedding. The dust of the ages must be cleaned, and a wedding dress must be made for Aurora. The Fairies return for the celebration along with the fairy tale characters of the Bluebird and Princess Florine, Puss in Boots and the White Cat. Everyone joins in a dance of celebration. Finally Désiré and Princess Aurora are married and receive the blessing of the Lilac Fairy.