Paris Opera Ballet

La Fille mal gardée

In Cinemas 22, 23 & 26 Jun 2024
Philip Ellis
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Léonore Baulac (Lise), Guillaume Diop (Colas), Simon Valastro (Mère Simon), Antoine Kirscher (Alain)
Louis-Joseph-Ferdinand Hérold
Frederick Ashton
Osbert Lancaster
2h05, including an interval
Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris 21 Mar 2024
Official Event Listing

Ballet in two acts (1960)

Recounting the triumph of thwarted love thanks to cunning, Frederick Ashton’s virtuoso rendition of Dauberval's 18th Century classic La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is a masterpiece.

Nearly two and a half centuries old, the ballet's lasting popularity is not merely due to the perfect fluidity of the choreography, but also to the irresistible charm of the characters, brought to life with humour and subtlety, and aided by wonderful sets and costumes by cartoonist Sir Osbert Lancaster.

Be it in the farmyard or the cornfield, the hearts of Lise and Colas (étoiles Léonore Baulac and Guillaume Diop) search for – and eventually find – each other, and in the manner of a musical, their delightful story will carry you away with its whimsy and smiles.

This performance was captured live from the historic Palais Garnier, during a sold-out run.

Please note programme change: the casting listed in our printed season guides was incorrect. [updated 21 Mar 24].


Sydney patrons please note: Due to the recent closure of Palace Verona for building redevelopment, this production will screen nearby at Palace Moore Park, located in the Entertainment Quarter precinct in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Advance tickets now on sale.

Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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