The King's Command or The Pupils of Dupré

Drawings by Karel Brozh of various scenes from the Petipa/Vizentini ballet The King's Command. St. Petersburg, 1887

The King's Command (aka L'Ordre du Roi, or Les Élèves de Dupré) is a ballet in 4 Acts-6 Scenes, with choreography by Marius Petipa and music composed and adapted by Albert Vizentini in a pastiche of airs taken from various works by Johann Strauss II, Léo Delibes, Daniel Auber, Jules Massenet, and Anton Rubinstein.

The workk was first presented by the Imperial Ballet on February 14/26 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1886 at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Virginia Zucchi (as Pepita), Pavel Gerdt (as Pepito), Enrico Cecchetti (as Dupré), and Lev Ivanov (as Milon) in the leading roles.



  1. For his revival of 1887 Petipa added two new dances - the Gallarda, and a pas de deux titled The Fisherman and the Pearl for Virginia Zucchi and Enrico Cecchetti.


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