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Coppélia

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Coppélia

(or, The Girl With the Enamel Eyes)
Ballet in One Act and Three Scenes

Arranged by Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Leon
Music by Léo Delibes
Choreography by Simon Semenoff after Louis Merante
Scenery and Costumes by Roberto Montenegro

World Premiere

(this production)
September 1, 1942
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Mexico City, Mexico

Cast:
Irina Baranova (Swanilda)
Anton Dolin (Franz)
Simon Semenoff (Dr. Coppelius)

New York Premiere

October 22, 1942
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York

Cast:
Irina Baranova (Swanilda)
Anton Dolin (Franz)
Simon Semenoff (Dr. Coppelius)

Synopsis

Dr. Coppelius, creator of mechanical toys, has constructed Coppelia, a wonderful life-sized doll, so true to nature that when the aged toy maker displays it in a window, Franz, a handsome youth, is infatuated with it, unmindful of the fact that Swanilda, the reigning beauty of the village, is in love with him.  Swanilda, accompanied by her mischievous girl friends, enter Dr. Coppelius’ workshop.  Upon the inventor’s sudden return she takes Coppelia’s place.  Franz, on a secret visit to Coppelia, is seized by the toymaker, who then decides to test his pet theory: to give life to his dolls. The doctor drugs Franz and proceeds with his experiment.  Swanilda prankishly leads the old doctor into believing he is successful by obligingly coming to life as Coppelia.  But when Franz regains consciousness and sheepishly realizes he made a fool of himself over a doll, Swanilda runs off with hima, and the chagrined toymaker discovers the hoax.  The ballet ends with the marriage of Swanilda and Franz.