Music theatre Ballet 1957

Ondine (Undine)

Ballet in three acts by Frederick Ashton

(freely adapted from De la Motte-Fouqué)

Commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Period of composition 1956-57
Duration 110 minutes

Written in honour of Dame Margot Fonteyn
Dedicated to Frederick Ashton

City of Positano Prize 1980

World premiere

World premiere 27. October 1958

London · Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The Royal Ballet
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Stage design Lila De Nobili
Title role Dame Margot Fonteyn
Conductor Hans Werner Henze

Comments

The old tale of Knight Huldbrand’s love for a witch or nymph or phantom, a creation called Ondine, provides the thread that runs all the way trough this fairytale, conceived in the tradition of the 19th-century narrative ballet. Sumptuous group scenes, and dances of great effect, divertissements and ensembles alternate with solo dances, “Pas de deux” and “Pas de trois” for Palemon, his terrestrial fiancée and the unearthly, fatal protagonist.

Hans Werner Henze

Cast

Tirrenio ballerino

King of the water

Undine ballerinaa nymph, his daughter
Palemon ballerinothe inconstant knight
Beatrice ballerinabetrothed to Palemon
ballerinoa hermit
corpo di balloTritons
nymphs
hunters
guests
Neapolitan masks
fishermen
seamen
people
servants

Instrumentation

2 Flauti(2° anche Ottavino)
1 Oboe
1 Corno inglese
1 Clarinetto
1 Clarinetto basso
1 Fagotto
1 Controfagotto(anche 2° Fagotto) 
4 Corni
3 Trombe
2 Tromboni
1 Tuba
Timpani
PercussioneTriangolo
Piatti sospesi
Piatti a due
2 Tamtam
2 Tomtom
Tamburino basco
Tamburo militare
Grancassa
Vibrafono
Campana
[per 3]
2 Arpe
Celesta anche Pianoforte
Chitarra
Archi
Campana dietro la scena