Notes and Editorial Reviews
Choreographed by Roland Petit
Roland Petit’s “Fledermaus à la française”, La Chauve-souris, was originally created for the Ballet National de Marseille in 1979 with Petit’s wife Zizi Jeanmaire partnered by Denis Ganio and Luigi Bonino as the mastermind of the nocturnal escapades.
The action was transferred from the operetta’s Vienna to the Paris of Vaudeville theatres, which was the original source of Johann Strauss’s celebrated operetta.
Directed by Luigi Bonino, Petit’s assistant of many years, who also dances the role of Ulrich, it features two more dancing stars from the “Petit school” in the principal roles: Massimo Murru, the male star dancer of La Scala’s company, for whom Petit had written several ballets and Allessandra Ferri, who counts among the finest ballerinas of today. Awarded with the coveted title of “Prima Ballerina Assoluta” at La Scala, she was once described by Roland Petit as the only rightful successor to legendary Zizi Jeanmaire.
Bella – Alessandra Ferri
Johann – Massimo Murru
Ulrich – Luigi Bonino
Csárdás soloist – Mick Zeni
A tenor – Giorgio Trucco
Milan La Scala Ballet and Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
Roland Petit, choreographer
Luigi Bonino and Jean-Philippe Halnaut, stage directors
Jean-Michel Wilmotte, set designer (adapted by Jean-Michel Désiré)
Luisa Spinatelli, costume designer
Jean-Michel Désiré, lighting designer
Recorded live from the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, 2003
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Running Time: 93 mins
Region: All Region