Fiametta

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Marfa Muravieva as Fiametta in the Saint-Léon/Minkus The Flame of Love or The Salamander (AKA Fiametta or Néméa), Paris, 1864

Fiametta or Fiammetta, also known as The Flame of Love, The Salamander or Néméa) is a ballet in 4 acts/4 Scenes. Choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon. Music by Ludwig Minkus. First presented by the Ballet of the Moscow Imperial Bolshoi Theatre on November 12–24, 1863 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), at the Moscow Imperial Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia. Principal Dancers - Marfa Muravieva (as Fiametta).

Revivals/Restagings[edit]

Lithograph of rehearsals at the Paris Opera of the Saint-Léon/Minkus The Flame of Love or The Salamander (AKA Fiametta or Néméa), Paris, 1864

Notes[edit]

  • Saint-Léon's 1864 staging of this work for the Imperial Ballet was the first Russian production of a ballet to make use of such stage devices as shadow effects with the aid of convex mirrors, and electric lighting.
  • An andante for solo cello (the Adagio from the Grand Pas d'action) from Minkus' score for this ballet was a staple of the soloist repertory in Imperial Russia, and is still occasionally heard.