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Bournonville in 1841
|Choreographed by||August Bournonville|
|Libretto by||August Bournonville|
|Date of premiere||March 29, 1842|
|Place of premiere||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Original ballet company||Royal Danish Ballet|
Napoli is a ballet in three acts. The story of the ballet and the dances are the work of August Bournonville. The music was written by E. Helsted, Gade, and Paulli. Napoli was first danced by the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen on 29 March 1842. Napoli has not changed over the years. It is danced in Copenhagen today exactly as it was danced in 1842. It is said to be Bournonville's greatest ballet.
Story of the ballet
The beautiful Neapolitan girl Teresina loves Gennaro, a fisherman. Gennaro and Teresina sail out into the Bay of Naples. A storm washes Teresina into the sea. Gennaro sets out to save her. Teresina has been taken to the blue grotto (a rocky cave) by sea sprites. The grotto is the home of the powerful sprite Golfo. He plans to keep Teresina in the grotto. He changes her into a sprite. Gennaro sails into the grotto. He prays to the Madonna and Teresina becomes herself again. Gennaro and Teresina go back to Naples. The people believe Teresina was saved through witchcraft. A priest says it was a miracle. The people are happy. Teresina and Gennaro marry.
- Balanchine, George (1975), 101 Stories of the Great Ballets, Anchor Books