La Camargo

Grand Ballet in three acts
Music by Ludwig Minkus

World Première
19th December [O.S. 7th December] 1872
Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre

Original 1872 Cast
Marie Camargo
Adèle Grantzow

Madeleine Camargo
Alexandra Vergina

Vestris
Lev Ivanov

The Comte de Melun
Timofei Stukolkin

Plot
La Camargo was based on a true story about the great 18th century ballerina Marie Camargo. Camargo has two daughters – Marie, who adores dancing, and Madeleine, who adores the Comte du Melun. The Comte de Melun adores not only both the Camargo sisters, but also a Spanish noblewoman. Marie Camargo unravels this intrigue, however, scaring Melun with the Spanish lady’s jealous husband, Don Hernandez, and with the aid of King Louis XV, she gets her sister married to the irresponsible Comte. She, herself, under the guidance of the Ballet Master Vestris, joins the Royal Ballet troupe and becomes a famous dancer.

Pierina Legnani as Marie Camargo and Sergei Legat as Vestris (1901)
Pierina Legnani as Marie Camargo and Sergei Legat as Vestris (1901)

Sources

  • Letellier, Robert Ignatius (2008) The Ballets of Ludwig MinkusCambridge Scholars Publishing