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08 November 2017 (Wed), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Marvellous Main (Historic) Stage - Stars of the Stars  Classical Ballet Aram Khachaturyan "Spartacus" Ballet in three acts Tickets available only at OperaAndBallet.com

Running time: 3 hours (till 22:00)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Book tickets for this performance Ticket prices before the discount: from US$ 617 to US$ 1411 per ticket


Schedule for Aram Khachaturyan "Spartacus" Ballet in three acts 2017/2018

Conductor: Pavel Sorokin

Composer: Aram Khachaturian
Conductor: Maestro Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Costume Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Artistic Director: Maestro Yuri Grigorovich
Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Music Director: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

Premiere of this production: 9 April 1968, Bolshoi theatre, Moscow, Russia

Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich
after the novel of the same name by Raffaello Giovagnolli,
ideas from the scenario by Nikolai Volkov used



Synopsis
Act I
Scene 1
Invasion.
The military machine of imperial Rome, led by Crassus, wages a cruel campaign of conquest, destroying everything in its path. Among the chained prisoners, who are doomed to slavery, are Spartacus and Phrygia.

Spartacusíc Monologue.
Spartacus is in despair. Born a free man, he is now a slave in chains.

Scene 2
The Slave Market.
Slave dealers separate the men and women prisoners for sale to rich Romans. Spartacus is parted from Phrygia.

Phrygiaís Monologue.
Phrygia is overcome with grief. She thinks with horror of the terrifying ordeals that lie ahead of her.

Scene 3
Orgy at Crassusís Palace.
Mimes and courtesans entertain the guests, making fun of Phrygia, Crassusís new slave. Aegina draws Crassus into a frenzied, bacchanalian dance. Drunk with wine and passion, Crassus demands a spectacle. Two gladiators are to fight to death in helmets with closed visors, i.e., without seeing each other. The victorís helmet is removed. It is Spartacus.

Spartacusíc Monologue.
Against his will, Spartacus has been forced to murder a fellow man. His despair develops into anger and protest. He will no longer tolerate captivity. He has but one choice of action ó to win back his freedom.

Scene 4
The Gladiatorsí Barracks.
Spartacus incites the gladiators to revolt. They swear an oath of loyalty to him and, of one accord, break out of the barracks to freedom.

Act II
Scene 5
The Appian Way.
Having broken out of their captivity and finding themselves on Appian Way, surrounded by shepherds, Spartacusís followers call the latter to join the uprising. Shepherds and populace proclaim Spartacus as their leader.

Spartacusís Monologue.
The thought of Phrygiaís fate as a slave gives Spartacus no peace. He is haunted by memories of his loved one whom he thinks of day and night.

Scene 6
Crasussís Villa.
His search for Phrygia leads Spartacus to Crassusís villa. The two lovers are overjoyed at their reunion. But, due to the arrival of a procession of patricians, led by Aegina, they are forced to hide.

Aeginaís Monologue. Aegina has long dreamed of seducing and gaining power over Crassus. Her goal is to win him and thereby gain legal admittance to the world of the Roman nobility.

Scene 7
Feast at Crasussís Villa.
Crassus celebrates his victories. The patricians sing his praises. The festivities are cut short by an alarming piece of news: Spartacus and his min have all but surrounded the villa/ The panic-stricken guests disperse. Crassus and Aegina are also forced to flee. Spartacus breaks into the villa.

Spartacusís Monologue.
Victory! It elates him and fills him with faith that the uprising will be successful. Victory!

Scene 8
Spartacusís Victory. Spartacusís men have taken Crassus prisoner and want to kill him, but Spartacus is not bent on revenge and suggests that they should engage in single-handed combat. Crassus accepts the challenge and suffers defeat: Spartacus knocks the sword out of his hand. Crassus makes ready demonstratively to meet his death, but Spartacus, with a gesture of contempt, lets him go. That all shall know of Crassusís dishonor is punishment enough. The jubilant insurgents praise the victory of Spartacus.

Act III
Scene 9
Crasuss Takes His Revenge.
Crassus is tormented by his disgrace. Fanning his hurt pride, Aegina calls on him to take his revenge. There is only one way forward ó death to the insurgents. Crassus summons his legions. Aegina sees him off to battle.

Aeginaís Monologue. Spartacus is Aeginaís enemy too. The defeat of Crassus will be her downfall. Aegina devises a perfidious plan ó she will sew dissension in Spartacusís encampment.

Scene 10
Spartacusís Encampment. Spartacus and Phrygia are happy to be together. But suddenly his military commanders bring the news that Crassus is on the move with a large army. Spartacus decides to give battle but, overcome by cowardice, some of his warriors desert their leader.

Scene 11
Dissension.
Aegina infiltrates the ranks of the traitors who, though they have abandoned Spartacus, might still be persuaded to go with him. Together with the courtesans she seduces the men with wine and erotic dances and, as a result, they put all caution to the winds. Having lured the traitors into a trap, Aegina hands them over to Crassus.

Spartacusís Monologue.
Crassus is consumed by the wish for revenge. Spartacus shall pay with his death for the humiliation that he, Crassus, was forced to undergo.

Scene 12
The Last Battle.
Spartacusís forces are surrounded by the Roman legions. Spartacusís devoted friends perish in unequal combat. Spartacus fights on fearlessly right up to the bitter end but, closing in on the wounded hero, the Roman soldiers crucify him on their spears.

Requiem.
Phrygia retrieves Spartacusís body from the battle field. She mourns her beloved, her grief is inconsolable. Raising her arms skywards, Phrygia appeals to the heavens that the memory of Spartacus live forever...






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Schedule for Aram Khachaturyan "Spartacus" Ballet in three acts 2017/2018


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