Bachianas Brasileiras – Le Corsaire pas de deux – Act III of Napoli

Bachianas Brasileiras – Le Corsaire pas de deux – Act III of Napoli (1966) was a ballet production by The Norwegian National Opera. The production was performed at The Norwegian National Opera’s main stage in Folketeateret, and comprised 3 ballets:

Bachianas Brasileiras, choreographed by Job Sanders to music by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Le Corsaire pas de deux, choreography by Marius Petipa, music by Riccardo Drigo.

Act III of Napolichoreography by August Bournonville, music by Niels Wilhelm Gade and Edgar Helsted. This production was re-premiered in 1967, performed together with Maurice Ravel’s opera L’heure espagnole and Apollon Musagètechoreography by George Balanchine, music by Igor Stravinsky.

Act III of Napoli was performed in Dortmund and Bergen in 1967, together with Act II of Swan Lake and Apollon Musagète.


(Objekt ID 68496)
Object type Production
Premiere Navember 23, 1966
Produced by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Based on Napoli, or The fisherman and his bride by August Bournonville, Niels Wilhelm Gade, Hans Christian Lumbye, Holger Simon Paolli, Edvard Helsted
Audience Adults
Keywords Ballet
Running period Navember 23, 1966  


Terje Boye-Hansen, e-mail, 16.05.2022

Anne-Margrethe Skari’s private archive. Donated by Anne-Margrethe Skari, 17.11.2021

Repertoire archive, The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, 18.05.2018.

Contributors (14)
Name Role
August Bournonville – Choreography (Napoli)
Marius Petipa – Choreography (Le Corsaire-pas de deux)
Job Sanders – Choreography ( Bachianas Brasileiras )
Zdenko Peharda – Musical direction
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Composer ( Bachianas Brasileiras )
Riccardo Drigo – Music (Le Corsaire-pas de deux)
Niels Wilhelm Gade – Music (Napoli)
Edvard Helsted – Music (Napoli)
John Olsson – Stage design (Napoli, 3. akt)
Thor Sutowski – Stage design ( Bachianas Brasileiras )
Hanne Skram – Decorations (Napoli)
Sonia Arova – Dancer (Le Corsaire-pas de deux)
Kjersti Døvigen – Dancer (Napoli)
Rudolf Nureyev – Dancer (Le Corsaire-pas de deux)
Performance dates
1967Opernhaus Dortmund, Tyskland visiting performance
1967Store Scene, The National Stage visiting performance
Navember 23, 1966Hovedscenen i Folketeaterbygningen Opening night