The Slovak National Theatre

About performance

Esmeralda (La Esmeralda), the ballet to the music by Cesare Pugni inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel Notre Dame of Paris, was introduced in world première by Jules Perrot in 1844 in London – with the legendary Carlotta Grisi as Esmeralda. It was, however, only the 1886 version by Marius Petipa that earned the work the global fame. The Slovak première of Esmeralda pays homage to the prodigy of choreography Marius Petipa (1818 – 1910) to mark his bicentenary. The new version of the monumental ballet fresco Esmeralda (based on Petipa’s concept) is produced by the major Russian choreographer Vasily Medvedev and choreographer Stanislav Fečo.

The set and costumes were designed by the renowned Russian artists of the Bolshoi Theatre, Alyona Pikalova and Yelena Zaitseva. Esmeralda, a story of a woman for whose beauty the entire Paris competes is an opportunity to introduce yet another of the ballet treasures that brings along brilliant technique, sensuality and temperament.

The production is brought to you in collaboration with the Petipa Heritage Found St. Petersburg.

Production team

Authors Vasilij Medvedev, Cesare Pugni
Music Cesare Pugni
Choreography and Direction Vasilij Medvedev, Stanislav Fečo
Set design Alyona Pikalova
Costume design Jelena Zajceva
Masque Juraj Steiner
Musical Preparation Alexander Anissimov
Conductor Alexander Anissimov, Dušan Štefánek


Esmeralda Olga Chelpanova, Erina Akatsuka
Pierre Gringoire Artemyj Pyzhov, Viacheslav Kruť
Phoebus Igor Leushin, Konstantin Korotkov
Fleur de Lys Maria Rudenko Luana Brunetti
Helois de Gon Viktória Árvová
Diana a Acteon Romina Kołodziej, Tatum Shoptaugh Yuki Kaminaka, Artemyj Pyzhov
Diana a Beranger/Fleur de Lys´s freinds Silvia Najdená, Viola Mariner, Tatum Shoptaugh, Alexandra Shalimova
Albert, Florent/Phoebus´s freinds Adrian Szelle, Glen Lambrecht, Igor Leushin, Damián Šimko
Claude Frollo Andrej Szabo, Aliaksei Kavaleuski
Quasimodo Juraj Žilinčár, Martin Radošinský

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