Coppélia by The Australian Ballet

| 09 July 2020

Expires 5pm (AEST) Thursday 23 July 2020 

This production is brought to you free by our Principal Partner Telstra.


Love triumphs over all in this comedy of errors and mistaken identity. Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fantastical short stories, Coppélia is a sparkling tale of magic and mischief that has charmed and enchanted audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1870.  

Meet the lovers Swanilda and Franz and their neighbour Dr Coppelius, an eccentric toymaker who dreams of bringing his mechanical toys to life. Dr Coppelius has a daughter who is not what she seems and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s sinister doll-filled lair – with the help of some fancy footwork! 

Starring real-life couple Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo, this production was filmed live at the Sydney Opera House in 2016 with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and features exquisite costumes by master designer Kristian Fredrikson. 


Click to access the original production program and the cast sheet, which will tell you who dances which role and what happens in the ballet.


George Ogilvie AM 

5 March 1931 – 5 April 2020  

We dedicate this Coppélia season to George. His spirit lives on through his works.


Production devised and directed by George Ogilvie AM
Music Léo Delibes
Original choreography Arthur Saint-Léon
Revised by Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti
Reproduced by Peggy van Praagh
Additional choreography Peggy van Praagh
Guest Repetiteur Mark Kay 
Set and costume design Kristian Fredrikson
Lighting design Francis Croese 
Music performed by Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Guest Conductor Barry Wordsworth
Guest Concertmster Sun Yi


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