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This ballet's plot is inspired by The Corsair, a famous verse written in 1814 by Lord Byron, who towered over an entire generation of English Romantic poets. The thrilling story, full of adventure, also leaves plenty of room for love, betrayal, life-threatening danger, a shipwreck, and ultimately, escape. Byron's work was so successful that ballet masters were staging it as early as the 1820s, soon after it appeared. The 1856 Paris production caused a sensation with the stagecraft used in it to depict the shipwreck. The strange love between the pirate captain and the slave girl was put to music by Adolphe Adam. The choreography – following in the footsteps of legendary Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev – was revised and tailor-made for the dancers of the Hungarian National Ballet by Anna-Marie Holmes and Tamás Solymosi. The exotic sets of the production were created by István Rózsa, the spectacular costumes were designed by Nóra Rományi. 

Score: editions Anna-Marie Holmes. Music edited, arranged, re-orchestrated by Kevin Galiè.


Modest Mussorgsky BORIS GODUNOV Opera in four acts with a prologue, in Russian, with Hungarian and English subtitles

Giuseppe Verdi AIDA Opera in three parts, four acts, in Italian, with Hungarian, English, and Italian subtitles

Anna-Marie Holmes – Tamás Solymosi / Adolphe Adam LE CORSAIRE Classical ballet in three acts

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