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Sylvia (1952)

Ballet in three acts by Jules Barbier and Baron de Reinach, based on Aminta by Torquato Tasso

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 Léo Delibes (ballet, 1876, with additional numbers from La Source, 1866)
SC Robin and Christopher Ironside

D Sylvia: Margot Fonteyn; Aminta: Michael Somes; Orion: John Hart; Eros: Alexander Grant; Naiads: Dorothea Zaymes, Anne Heaton, Angela Walton; Dryads: Gerd Larsen, April Olrich, Avril Navarre; Slaves: Brian Shaw, Peter Clegg; Orion's Concubines: Dorotha Zaymes, Shirley Bateman; Diana: Julia Farron; Goats: Pauline Clayden, Brian Shaw; Apollo: Kenneth Melville; Ceres: Anne Heaton; Jaseion: Philip Chatfield; Persephone: April Olrich; Pluto: Ray Powell; Sylvans Attendant Nymphs, Cortège rustique, Trumpeters, the Muses, Spring Attendants, Summer Attendants, Sylvia's Attendant Nymphs, Diana's Attendant Nymphs, A Vision of Diana and Endymion (later addition): corps de ballet
FP Sadler's Wells Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, 3 September 1952

ST Royal Ballet; Tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton; excerpt only
D Deanne Bergsma
Royal Opera House, London, 24 July 1970

NP Granada Festival; pas de deux from Act II only, with new coda
D Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes
FP Jardines del Generalife, Granada, Spain, 30 June 1953

(This arrangement of the pas de deux was often danced by Fonteyn and Somes as a divertissement, e.g. with London Festival Ballet, Théâtre de Monte Carlo, 15 January 1956, and by other dancers, with the Royal Ballet and elsewhere)

ST Royal Ballet touring section
D Syliva: Doreen Wells; Aminta: Christopher Gable
FP Royal Opera House, London, 6 May 1963

NP Royal Ballet touring section, with abbreviated third act and new variation for Aminta
D Sylvia: Margot Fonteyn; Aminta: Attilio Labis; Orion: Bryan Ashbridge; Eros: Richard Farley
FP Royal Opera House, London, 9 June 1965

NP Royal Ballet; abridged (one act) version with some new choreography
D Sylvia: Nadia Nerina; Aminta: Gary Sherwood; Eros: Alexander Grant; Goats: Ann Howard, Keith Martin; Sylvia's attendants, Friends of Aminta: corps de ballet
FP Royal Opera House, London, 18 December 1967

NP Royal Ballet; R Christopher Newton; SC Robin and Christopher Ironside, additional designs (Act II) Peter Farmer
D Sylvia: Darcey Bussell; Aminta: Jonathan Cope; Orion: Thiago Soares; Eros: Martin Harvey
FP Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 4 November 2004

By other companies:

ST American Ballet Theatre; R Christopher Newton; L Mark Jonathan
D Sylvia: Gillian Murphy; Aminta: Maxim Beloserkovsky; Orion: Marcelo Gomes; Eros: Herman Cornejo
FP Metropolitan Opera House, New York NY, 3 June 2005

ST American Ballet Theatre School Summer Intensive; excerpt from Act I (Les Chasseresses); R Ethan Brown
FP Purchase College, Purchase NY, 28 July 2006

ST Staatsballet Berlin; R Christopher Newton and Anna Trevien
D Sylvia: Polina Semionova; Aminta: Vladimir Malakhov; Orion: Ibrahim Onal; Eros: Rainer Krenstetter
FP Deutsche Oper Berlin, 28 April 2007