Staged by the Colorado Ballet for the first time in 15 years, the ever-charming Coppelia, the tale of a life-sized doll whose beauty causes chaos, returns to the Ellie Caulkin's Opera House in a new production from Sandra Brown, Lorita Travaglia and Maria Mosina, after Arthur Saint-Leon. Set to a whimsical score by Leo Delibes, let the magic and the joy of this family-friendly ballet inspire you from the first steps!
What is the story?
The lonely, miserly inventor Dr Coppelius lives in a vast house full of his wonderful automaton creations - but his pride and joy is a beautiful life-sized doll that he named Coppelia.
The village in which he lives is about to celebrate its annual harvest festival, and spirits are high - even more so when the handsome youth Franz is about to marry his sweetheart Swanhilde. But on the eve of their wedding, Swanhilde spies her fiance gazing at a beautiful girl on Dr Coppelius' balcony.
Enraged but intrigued, she sets out to discover who this mysterious stranger is - with almost disastrous results for Franz, who is caught snooping in the old house by the nefarious inventor whilst looking for her. Will the two young lovers live to say their marriage? Or will Dr Coppelius be able to bring his beloved doll to life, at the expense of Franz's life?
Coppelia embodies all that young love purports to be, and asks the age-old question: What is one's true heart's desire?