Marfa Muravieva as Fiametta in the Saint-Léon/Minkus
The Flame of Love or The Salamander (AKA Fiametta or Néméa), Paris, 1864
or Fiametta , also known as Fiammetta 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).
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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
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.
(1848) Le Diable amoureux (as "Satanella")
(1849) Leda, the Swiss Milkmaid
(1850, 1884, 1899, 1903) Giselle
(1855) The Star of Granada
(1857) The Rose, the Violet, and the Butterfly
(1858, 1863, 1868, 1885, 1899) Le Corsaire
(1858) A Marriage During the Regency
(1859, *1861) The Parisian Market
Les Ruses d'Amour or The Trial of Damis (1900)
(1900) The Seasons
The Heart of the Marquis (1902)
The Magic Mirror (1903)
The Romance of the Rosebud and the Butterfly (never presented)