The Lady of the Camellias
Vice, love, sacrifice…
The Lady of the Camellias, undoubtedly one of the most famous love stories in modern literature, inspired the creation of other adaptations in many artistic genres, including Verdi’s opera La Traviata and many film adaptations. The famous romantic novel by Alexandre Dumas fils is a semi‑autobiographical story of an unhappy love in which the author speaks of his passionate and painful relationship with the famous Parisian courtesan, Marie Duplessis. The story of Marguerite and Armand, a beautiful courtesan and a young man from a bourgeois family, initially takes place in Paris high society and then in the countryside, where they both leave for a new and better life. Unfortunately, their deep and passionate relationship does not last long. Pressured by Armand’s father, Marguerite leaves her beloved and pretends that she no longer cares for him. She returns to her former way of life and dies alone. Armand thinks she has betrayed him, and only after her death does he learn the truth about the strength of her self‑sacrificing love.
Ballet NdB invited the prominent Croatian choreographer Valentina Turcu to create the original ballet. She studied and danced under the famous Maurice Béjart in Lausanne, where she acquired her unique dance skills and distinctive style. She now works as a choreographer of a wide range of productions – from classical ballet to avant‑garde, from grand productions to individual choreographic miniatures.
Musical adaptation of Franz Schubert scores was done by Andrei Pushkarev. Musical director working with the Orchestra of Janáček Opera is Conductor, Robert Kružík. Creative team working with the choreographer Valentina Turcu consists of prominent Slovenian designer. Set designer is Marko Japelj, who has worked with Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and costume designer is Alan Hranitelj, who has designed costumes for the famous Cirque du Soleil.
Premiere: 6th of March 2020 at Janáček Theatre