Notre-Dame de Paris

Release date
Opéra Bastille
Roland Petit
Maurice Jarre
Musical direction
Jean-François Verdier

Paris Opera Orchestra

Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera

Photo credit
Photo : © Ann Ray / OnP | Autres photos : © Julien Benhamou / OnP

Main informations

Roland Petit’s first piece for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1965, Notre-Dame de Paris brings together all the ingredients of a grand spectacle. The ballet was inspired by Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, with its colourful characters: the beautiful Esmerelda, the touching Quasimodo, the machiavellian Frollo and the cynical Pheobus. With colourful and graphic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent and sets by the painter René Allio that recreate the splendour of the Parisian cathedral, the choreography, sustained by the ensemble of the company’s dancers, translates all the expressive power of characters plunged into a saga of love and death. To mark the tenth anniversary of the choreographer’s death, the Corps de Ballet revives this magnificent fresco in dance on the stage of Opera Bastille.

Artistic team

Ballet in two acts and thirteen scenes (1965)
Music / Maurice Jarre
Libretto / Roland Petit
After the novel by Victor Hugo
Choreography and staging / Roland Petit
Ballet restaged by Luigi Bonino
Set design / René Allio
Costume design / Yves Saint Laurent
Lighting design / Jean-Michel Désiré

Conductor / Jean-François Verdier
Paris Opera Orchestra

Presented by Aurélie Dupont,
Paris Opera’s Director of Dance

Film director / François-René Martin


Esmeralda / Amandine Albisson, Danseuse Etoile
Quasimodo / Stéphane Bullion, Danseur Etoile
Frollo / Mathias Heymann, Danseur Etoile
Phœbus / Florian Magnelet, Premier Danseur
Le Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera


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