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Ondine (1958)

Ballet in three acts, freely adapted by Frederick Ashton from the story by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué

M Music by
S Scenery by
C Costumes by
D Danced by
FP First performance
NP New production
R Reproduced by
ST Staging (indicates that the ballet was produced in substantially its original form)

M Hans Werner Henze
SC Lila de Nobili

D Ondine: Margot Fonteyn; Palemon: Michael Somes; Berta: Julia Farron; Tirrenio, Lord of the Mediterranean Sea: Alexander Grant; A Hermit: Leslie Edwards; Grand pas classique: Rosemary Lindsay, Annette Page, Ronald Hynd, Desmond Doyle, and corps de ballet; Divertissement: Maryon Lane, Brian Shaw, Merle Park, Doreen Wells, Peter Clegg, Pirmin Trecu, and corps de ballet; Ondines, Hunt, Wood Sprites, People from the Port, Sailors, Wedding Guests, Lackeys, Footmen, Acolytes, Page: corps de ballet
FP Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 27 October 1958

NP Royal Ballet; revised choreography; D (principals) as above
FP Royal Opera House, London, 4 September 1959 (?)

NP Royal Ballet; with further revisions
D Ondine: Margot Fonteyn; Palemon: Donald MacLeary; Berta: Deanne Bergsma; Tirrenio: Alexander Grant
FP Royal Opera House, London, 14 February 1964

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; "Vision of Ondine" only
D Ondine: Christine Aitken; Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

ST Royal Ballet; Act III divertissement only
D Wendy Ellis, Wayne Eagling, Laura Connor, Rosalyn Whitten, Stephen Beagley, Ashley Page
FP Royal Opera House, London, 29 May 1981 (50th Anniversary Programme)

ST Royal Ballet; R Christopher Newton
D Ondine: Maria Almeida; Palemon: Anthony Dowell; Berta: Deanne Bergsma; Tirrenio: Stephen Jefferies; Divertissement: Rosalyn Whitten, Bruce Sansom, Fiona Brockway, Nicola Roberts, Anthony Dowson, Jay Jolley
FP Royal Opera House, London, 10 May 1988

By other companies:

ST Ballets de Noël; pas de deux from Act I only
D Ondine: Margot Fonteyn; Palemon: Michael Somes
FP Théâtre de Monte Carlo, 3 January 1959

ST Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; R Christopher Carr, Grant Coyle, Donald MacLeary
D Ondine: Alessandra Ferri; Palemon: Adam Cooper; Berta: Sabina Galasso; Tirrenio: Biagio Tambone
FP Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 21 April 2000