Coppélia (sometimes subtitled: The Girl With The Enamel Eyes) is a comic ballet originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon to the music of Léo Delibes, with libretto by Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter. Nuitter's libretto and mise-en-scène was based upon two stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann: Der Sandmann (The Sandman) and Die Puppe (The Doll). In Greek, κοπελιά means girl, young lady. Coppélia premiered on 25 May 1870 at the Théâtre Impérial l'Opéra, with the 16-year-old Giuseppina Bozzacchi in the principal role of Swanhilda and ballerina Eugénie Fiocre playing the part of Frantz en travestie. The costumes were designed by Paul Lormier and Alfred Albert, the scenery by Charles-Antoine Cambon (Act I, scene 1; Act II, scene 1), and Édouard Desplechin and Jean-Baptiste Lavastre (Act I, scene 2).
The ballet's first flush of success was interrupted by the Franco-Prussian War and the Siege of Paris (which also led to the early death of Giuseppina Bozzacchi, on her 17th birthday), but eventually it became the most-performed ballet at the Opéra.
Performances & Interviews
- Rare pre-war music. Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls (Delibes' Valse from Coppelia played by Artur Nikisch)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01pgx2j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01pgx2j.jpg2014-01-08T10:22:00.000ZWelte Mignon Piano Rolls - Delibes' Valse from Coppelia played by Artur Nikischhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01pgzhc
Rare pre-war music. Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls (Delibes' Valse from Coppelia played by Artur Nikisch)Welte Mignon Piano Rolls - Delibes' Valse from Coppelia played by Artur Nikisch