While traveling in Egypt, Lord Wilson is caught in a sandstorm and finds refuge in the nearest pyramid where Aspicia, the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, lies entombed. When he falls asleep, lulled by the haze of opium, Aspicia comes to life and his passion for her will take him on a fantastic journey. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte brilliantly resurrected a forgotten masterpiece exclusively for the Bolshoi Ballet nearly twenty years ago - Marius Petipa’s The Pharaoh’s Daughter.
Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life. The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie.
The bandit Marco Spada cheerfully plunders the surrounding region just under the nose of the Governor. He hides his identity carefully and raises his daughter Angela in a castle. Completely unaware of his double life and his clandestine activities, Angela is concerned about her love situation. She longs for Prince Frederici but is shattered when she discovers she may not be able to marry him as he is already engaged… Recently added to the Bolshoi’s repertoire (November 2013), this "swashbuckling" ballet, rarely presented previously, nows sees its rebirth on the stage of the famed theatre.
Libretto by Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Maurice Petipa after the story Le roman de la momie by Theophile Gautier, version by Pierre Lacotte Author of the score’s version: Alexander Sotnikov Choreographer: Pierre Lacotte (after the ballet of the same name by Marius Petipa) Designer: Pierre Lacotte Lighting Designer: Mikhail Sokolov Conductor: Pavel Klinichev Synopsis Act I Scene 1 A young Englishman, Lord Wilson, is traveling through Egypt with his servant, John Bull. At the foot of a pyramid they meet a caravan of Arab merchants who kindly invite them into their tent.