La Rose, la Violette et le Papillon

Ballet divertissement
Music by Grand Duke Peter Georgievich of Oldenburg

World Première
20th October [O.S. 8th October] 1857
Tsarskoe Selo, Saint Petersburg

Original 1857 Cast
The Rose
Maria Surovshchikova-Petipa

The Violet
Matilda Madaeva

The Butterfly
Marfa Muravieva

A rose and a violet have both become enamored by a gorgeous butterfly, who flutters around them, paying court to their sweet embrace. The blossoms attempt to succeed the other with their floral charms, however, at the end of the proceedings, the butterfly chooses to fly away rather than exclude one over the other.