Ballet in two acts.
Duration − 2h. min.
Based on the poem by G. Byron
Libretto by K. Ivanov
Premiere - December 3, 2012
Fifteen years after «Giselle» which together with «La Sylphide» opened a new romantic page in a ballet theatre, Adam again creates a piece destined to go down in a classic of this genre. This time the venerable composer works on a ballet based on the poem «The Corsair» by G.G. Byron (1813) written on a libretto by J. Saint-Georges who worked with Adam not once.
The premiere of «Le Corsaire» was held in Grand Opera Theatre on January 23, 1856 and became a swan song of the composer – less than in four months Adam died. In Petersburg «Le Corsaire» was staged two years after the Parisian production: January 12, 1858 in the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre.
Medora, a slave girl, abducted by the corsair Conrad, is given back to her former owner Isaac Lankedem due to lies and betrayal who sells her to Seid Pasha. The corsair, in love with Medora, gets into Pasha’s palace on the Bosphorus coast together with his friends, he sets the captive free and escapes with her on a ship that is wrecked. Medora and Conrad save themselves reaching a sea-cliff.