The Bolshoi dances Marco Spada, 2013

The Bolshoi Ballet revived Pierre Lacotte's production of Marco Spada. The original Marco Spada, or the Bandit's Daughter was a three-act ballet-pantomime created at the Paris Opera in 1857 with choreography from Joseph Mazilier and music adapted from Daniel Auber's comic opera of the same name. Soon forgotten, the ballet was revived in 1981 with a brand new choreography by Pierre Lacotte for the Rome Opera, with Rudolf Nureyev as the 18th-century Italian bandit pretending to be an aristocrat, and Ghislaine Thesmar as his daughter Angela.

At the Bolshoi, Marco Spada was premiered on the historic stage on November 8, 2013. Leading roles were performed by David Hallberg (Marco Spada), Evgenia Obraztsova (Angela), Olga Smirnova (Marchesa Sampietri), Semyon Chudin (Prince Frederici), and Igor Tsvirko (Count Pepinelli). Pierre Lacotte designed sets and costumes. The Bolshoi company was rehearsed by Lacotte and his asistants Anne Salmon and Gil Isoart.

Photos with kind permission of the Bolshoi Theatre, special thanks to Katya Novikova.

All photographs © 2013 by Marc Haegeman/Bolshoi Theatre. All Rights Reserved
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