Hail and Farewell (1959)

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Hail and Farewell

HAIL AND FAREWELL
Photo Credit: Louis Mélançon; Photo courtesy Metropolitan Opera Archive.


Synopsis:

Was Tudor Hailing the birth of a new Met Ballet Company, or was he saying Farewell to Nora Kaye, as she had just married Herbert Ross, already a notable choreographer? They were working on the foundation of a new ballet company, the Ballet of Two Worlds, which planned to go on tour to Europe in the fall of 1960. The Met occasion was historic as Tudor put together an entire program of dances expressly for the Metropolitan Operaís own ballet contingent. The desirability of such an event was long evident and its realization cause for rejoicing. After all, European opera houses poured large sums of money into their ballet companies. Why not here in America? The audience was filled to capacity to celebrate this exciting evening. The innovative choreographer John Butler created In the Beginning to Samuel Barberís First Symphony, and Herbert Ross made The Exchange to Francis Poulencís organ concerto; Alexandra Danilova, Les Diamants; and Tudor, Hail and Farewell.

Choreography
Antony Tudor
Music / Composer
Richard Strauss
Festival March
Opus 1, Serenade
Opus 7, Four Last Songs
First Performance
New York
Metropolitan Opera House,
March 22, 1959
Metropolitan Opera Ballet
First Performance Cast
Lupe Serrano, Edith Jerrell, Audrey Keane, Nora Kaye, Hlenka Devon, William Burdick, Ron Murray, Vincent Warren, Suzanne Ames, Meredith Baylis, Ann Stone, Jose Gutierrez, Harry Jones, Donald Martin, David Milnes, Alek Zybine, Margaret Black, Louellen Sibley, Ann Etgen, Fronda Sobel, Sung by: Eleanor Steber - Soprano
Notated
NA
Number of Dancers
NA
Costumes
Motley
Scenery
NA
Length
NA
Licensing Information
NA

 Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.

 

 

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