Main Stage

15 February
2017 | Wednesday
Alexander Glazunov "Raymonda" (Ballet in three acts)
Ballet in 3 acts
Artists Credits
Ballet company
Simon Virsaladze, Costume Designer
Mikhail Sokolov, Lighting Designer
Pavel Sorokin, Musical Director
World premiere: Imperial Mariinsky Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia

Running time: 3 hours

Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich after scenario by Lidia Pashkova,
based on medieval knight`s legends

Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich (version of 2003)
Scenes in choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky used
Designer: Simon Virsaladze
Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
Lighting Designer: Mikhail Sokolov
Assistant Choreographer: Natalia Bessmertnova

Presented with two intervals.
Premiered on May 10, 2003.


photo © Marc Haegeman

Additional information

  • Characters and performers
  • Synopsis

    Act I
    Raymonda, the niece of the Countess Sybil de Daurice, а French noblewoman, is betrothed to Jean de Brienne.
    De Brienne arrives at the castle. Не has come to bid farewell to Raymonda before leaving to go on а crusade led by the King of Hungary, Andrei II.
    Raymonda says goodbye tо her beloved and the knight leaves the castle.
    Night-time. Raymonda is carring into the enchanted garden of dreams. In her dreams Raymonda sees Jean de Brienne. The happy lovers are together again.
    Suddenly Jean de Brienne disappears.
    In his place Raymonda sees an Eastern knight whom she does not know. Не confronts her with а passionate declaration of his love. Raymonda is deeply perturbed and falls unconscious to the ground. The mirage vanishes.
    Dawn breaks. Raymonda decides that the vision she had in the night is an omen.

    Act II
    Festivities are underway at the Dayrice castle.
    Among the guests is the Saracen knight, Abderakhman, accompanied by а magnificent suite. Raymonda recognizes him to be the mysterious stranger of her dream. She is terrified. Abderakhman offers Raymonda power and riches in return for her hand and heart. Raymonda rejects Abderakhman. Enraged, Abderakhman tries to abduct her.
    Suddenly knights appear. They have returned from the crusade. Jean de Brienne is among them.
    King Andrei П suggests that Jean de Brienne and Abderakhman settle their diffеrences in single combat. Jean de Brienne gets the better of Abderakhman. The lovers are united.

    Act III
    King Andrei II blesses the marriage of Raymonda аnd Jеаn de Brienne. In honour of the King of Hungary, the wedding festivities are concluded by а big Hungarian dance.

    Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
    New Stage 4/2 Teatralnaya ploschad (4/2 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia