Ballet in three acts
Music by Cesare Pugni
22nd January [O.S. 10th January] 1866
Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, Saint Petersburg
Original 1866 Cast
The son of the exalted Count Ernest is in love with Florida, the daughter of the Ballet Master Coretti, but their difference in social status makes it impossible for them to marry. Florida decides to take desperate measures. Dressing as a naval officer, she attends a ball being given at the Count’s home and appears before her beloved’s parents in the full brilliance of her talent. Captivated by Florida’s grace and beauty, the Count and Countess give their consent to their son marrying the dancer.