La Esmeralda by Cesare Pugni


'''''La Esmeralda''''' is a ballet in three acts and five scenes, inspired by the novel ''Notre Dame de Paris'' by Victor Hugo, originally choreographed by Jules Perrot to music by Cesare Pugni, with sets by William Grieve and costumes by Mme. Copère.

It was first presented by the Ballet of her Majesty's Theatre, London on 9 March 1844, with Carlotta Grisi as Esmeralda, Jules Perrot as Gringoire, Arthur Saint-Leon as Phoebus, Adelaide Frassi as Fleur de Lys, and Antoine Louis Coulon as Quasimodo.

Today the complete ballet is performed only in Russia, Eastern Europe, and in New Jersey, United States, where the New Jersey Ballet introduced the full-length version for the first time in the United States in 2004.[ DANCE REVIEW; A Teeming Action Ballet With a Classical Sheen], ''New York Times'', April 24, 2004 - accessed January 12, 2011 Most Western ballet companies only perform two ''Esmeralda''-related pieces--''La Esmeralda pas de deux'' and ''La Esmeralda pas de six''--and the ''Diane and Actéon pas de deux'', which is actually not excerpted from the ballet, but often mistakenly credited as having been added by Marius Petipa to his 1886 revival of ''La Esmeralda''.Matthew Naughtin, ''Ballet Music,'' 2014, p. 213