Léo Delibes


A comic ballet in 2 acts

Choreography by Roland Petit

Libretto by Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Léon

based on the novel Der Sandmann by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann

The premiere at the Astana Opera House: 22-23 November 2019


Ballet Master-Producer: Luigi Bonino

Conductor: Arman Urazgaliyev

Set and Costume Designer: Ezio Frigerio

Assistant Costume Designer: Franca Squarciapino

Revival Costume Designer: Anna Verde

Lighting Designer and Technical Coordinator: Jean-Michel Desire

Assistant to Ballet Master-Producer: Gillian Whittingham

Set Designer Assistant: Riccardo Massironi

Artistic Director of the Ballet Company: Altynai Asylmuratova, People’s Artist of Russia


The novella by the well-known romantic writer E.T.A.
Hoffmann that became the basis of the ballet Coppélia tells the story of a young man who fell in love with a mechanical doll created by the toy maker Coppélius. But the creators of the ballet turned the dark mysticism of Hoffmann into a comedy, having told the story of a light quarrel and the subsequent reconciliation of the couple in love.

The ballet Coppélia to the music of Léo Delibes was staged for the first time by Arthur Saint-Léon at the Théâtre Impérial l’Opéra on 25 May 1870. Today, many opera houses worldwide have Coppélia, a classic of the genre, in their repertoire.

The story of love and deception, where ‘dolls are so similar to people’, inspired many choreographers, including the great Roland Petit. His Coppélia was presented in 1975 at the Ballet National de Marseille and at first aroused the indignation of ballet lovers, because Petit diluted the academic dance with frivolous variety show scenes. In Coppélia, ballerinas in tutus along with classical steps performed movements from the twist – a dance that was very popular at the time.

The performance will be transferred to the stage of the Astana Opera House by Roland Petit’s permanent assistant Luigi Bonino, who danced Coppélius at the premiere, and Roland Petit performed this part … until he turned 73.

Coppélia represents a rare genre of comedy in ballet art. Magic, transformations, adventures, tunes familiar from childhood, and vivid diverse dances will give the audience an unforgettable experience.


Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (with one interval)

Management reserves the right to substitute performers

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