Les Patineurs – Meyerbeer – Male Variation


Male variation from Les Patineurs by Meyerbeer

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Les Patineurs, also known as “The Skaters,” is a one-act ballet choreographed by Frederick Ashton, with music composed by Giacomo Meyerbeer. Premiered in 1937, this delightful and festive ballet captures the elegance and exuberance of ice skating. The ballet is set in a winter wonderland, with a cast of characters who glide and twirl on an imaginary ice rink. Dancers don skates and costumes reminiscent of the 19th century, bringing to life the joys of winter skating, playful interactions, and the thrill of gliding on ice.


Meyerbeer, born Jakob Liebmann Beer on September 5, 1791, in Tasdorf, Germany, was a highly influential 19th-century composer. Known for his pivotal role in shaping the grand opera genre, Meyerbeer’s career took him from a musical upbringing in a wealthy Jewish family to renowned opera houses across Europe. His masterful compositions, including “Robert le Diable,” “Les Huguenots,” and “Le prophète,” merged dramatic storytelling with elaborate staging and a fusion of musical styles.

Meyerbeer’s legacy is marked by his lasting impact on the world of opera, influencing composers such as Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi and contributing to the continued appreciation and performance of his works. He passed away in Paris, France, on May 2, 1864

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