Catarina or La Fille du Bandit

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This article is about Perrot and Pugni's ballet. For other uses, see Catarina (disambiguation).
Lithograph by J. Branard of Lucile Grahn in the title role of the Perrot/Pugni Catarina. Here Grahn is costumed for the celebrated Pas Stragétique. London, 1846

Catarina ou la Fille du bandit is a ballet in three acts and four scenes, with libretto and choreography by Jules Perrot and music by Cesare Pugni. The libretto is based on an incident in the life of the Italian painter Salvator Rosa. The work was first presented by the Ballet of Her Majesty's Theatre on 3 March 1846 in London, England, with Lucile Grahn (as Catarina, leader of the bandits) and Jules Perrot (as the Lieutenant Diavolino).

Revivals[edit]

  • Restaging by Jules Perrot for the Imperial Ballet, with Cesare Pugni revising his original score. First presented at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre on February 4/16 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1849 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Principal dancers: Fanny Elssler (as Catarina, leader of the bandits), Christian Johansson (as Salvator Rosa), and Jules Perrot (as the Lieutenant Diavolino). At a rehearsal for this production, the Emperor Nicholas I of Russia was present. He noticed that Fanny Elssler and the dancers of the corps de ballet were not carrying the guns properly and began to show them how to hold a gun.
Lucile Grahn as Catarina with Jules Perrot as Diavolino in the celebrated Polka de Catarina from the Perrot/Pugni Catarina, London, 1846
  • Revival by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet, with Yuli Gerber revising and making additions to Cesare Pugni's score. November 1/13 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1870. First presented at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Adèle Grantzow (as Catarina, leader of the bandits) and Pavel Gerdt (as the Lieutenant Diavolino).

This revival of Catarina was produced for a benefit performance in honour of the composer Cesare Pugni, who died in January that same year. All of the opening night's box office receipts were given to the composer's family.

  • Revival by Enrico Cecchetti for the Imperial Ballet, with Riccardo Drigo revising and adding new music to Cesare Pugni's score (in the version revised by Yuli Gerber). First presented at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre on October 25/November 6 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1888 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Principal dancers: Elena Cornalba (as Catarina, leader of the bandits) and Pavel Gerdt (as the Lieutenant Diavolino).

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