Royal Opera House Muscat to present La Fille mal Gardée

Oman Saturday 02/March/2024 18:52 PM
By: Times News Service
Royal Opera House Muscat to present La Fille mal Gardée

Muscat: The Royal Opera House Muscat to present the final ballet of the season over two nights on the main stage on 6th March and 7th March 2024.

Brought to the Royal Opera House Muscat by the Czech National Ballet and performed with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergey Smbatyan, this is a ballet which will appeal to a wide audience, telling a tale of love against the odds, and bringing a rural setting to life with comedy and joy.

La Fille mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is a truly unique work, as its original version ranks among the oldest ballets preserved up to the present day.

Taking place in a pastoral setting inspired by Ashton’s love for the Suffolk countryside, the cartoon-like set design, featuring maypoles and dancing hens, creates a wonderful spring atmosphere full of sunshine. La Fille mal Gardée is one of Frederick Ashton’s most virtuoso choreographies, difficult in the series of energetic pas de deux and solos that express the youthful passion of the main characters.

Lise and the young farmhand Colas fall in love over farm chores and harvest celebrations, but Lise’s mother, the widow Simone, has lined up a much wealthier suitor in the local landowner’s son Alain, wealthy certainly but a bumbling fool besides. Will the young couple withstand the pressure of ambition over true love?

Described as ‘the most perfect ballet in the world ever’, La Fille mal gardée is laced with exuberant good humour, and elements of national folk dance, it is unlike any other ballet you will have seen.

Booking is required. Visit the ROHM website for more information.