Le Corsaire

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Il Corsair (Le Corsaire) by Adolphe-Charles Adam is one of the masterpieces of the Romantic ballet era, along with his other famous work –Giselle, Il Corsair is part of the golden fund of international ballet repertoire. The famous librettist of ballets of the 19th century Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and choreographer Joseph Mazilier created a colourful depiction of the lives of the Corsairs based on Byron’s poem of the same name in 1814. The premiere took place on January the 23rd 1856 on the Opéra de Paris stage. Musical numbers by other composers were added to the ballet over time; however the story has remained the same since 1856.

Il Corsair is one of the works that was born in France, but their continued existence on the international stage is associated with the glory of the ballet about Tsarist Russia. In St. Petersburg the ballet was staged by Jules Perrot two years after the Paris premiere featuring Marius Petipa as Corrado. Márius Petipa first presented his Il Corsair in St. Petersburg in 1963, the 1968 staging featuring the music of Cesare Pugni and Leo Delibes. (Le Jardin anime). The last version from 1899, accompanied by music by other composers, has become the model for other choreographers thanks to which the work has survived to this day. The SND staging is based on this version and is staged by Russian choreography Vasilij Medvedev, the man behind the most successful SND Ballet staging – Onegin.

Il Corsair bears the significant imprint of Romanticism aesthetics. The story about the adventurous lives of the Corsairs features unbridled passion, dramatic situations, danger and love.

Runnig time: 2 hrs 30 mins with two intervals

Program and cast

Photo gallery
Peter Brenkus, 2015
© Peter Brenkus, 2015
Peter Brenkus, 2015
© Peter Brenkus, 2015
Peter Brenkus, 2015
© Peter Brenkus, 2015

Slovak National Theatre - SND, New Building

The New Building of the Slovak National Theatre was designed by the architects Martin Kusý, Pavol Paňák and Peter Bauer. Their proposal won the competition that brought together fifty-three projects. The building stretches over seven stories. It houses over two thousand rooms and three main halls (The Opera and Ballet Stage, and the Drama Stage, and The Studio). The building is also home to a restaurant seating 1,200, a club, café, libresso and a kitchen.

The noble feel of the building is further enhanced by a number of outdoor and indoor art pieces. A fountain by Alexander Biľkovič, Iľja Skoček and Pavol Bauer is located in the front court. The entrance lobby prides itself with the Spring by the architect Pavol Bauer and the painter Dušan Buřil. The splendour of the front is further enhanced by the cascade by peter Roller and two towers by the architect Pavol Bauer. In addition to these works that are part of the building, the indoor areas are often decorated with theatre costumes and exhibitions.

SND New Building opened on 14 April 2007 at 7PM. The opening ceremony was attended by the then President of Slovakia Ivan Gašparovič and Minister of Culture Marek Maďarič.


How to get there


The venue opens to visitors one hour prior to the beginning of the performance.



Visitors attending any SND performance are welcome to park free of charge, on the parking lot adjacent to the theatre.



The public transport lines that take you to the SND are bus lines No 28, 50, 70, 78, 88, 95, 133, 801 and tram lines No 2, 4, 5 & 6 that stop at the square Šafárikovo námestie, as well as the trolleybus line No 210.



Bus stop SND New Building (adjacent to the SD New Building):
Bus line No 28
Bus line No 133
Bus line No 801 (international bus line)

Bus stop Landererova (adjacent to the SND New Building): 
Bus line No 50 (from the direction OD Slimák)
Bus line No 88
Bus line No 95

Bus stop Malá scéna (within walking distance):
Bus line No 70
Bus line No 78

Bus line No 50 (in the direction from the Aupark)
Bus line No 28 (also servicing the bus stop SND New Building/Nová budova SND)
Bus line No 95 (also servicing the bus stop Landererova)
Bus line No 133 (also servicing the bus stop SND New Building/ Nová budova SND)


Tram stop Šafárikovo námestie (within walking distance)

Tram lines No 2, 4, 5 & 6 (an option to transfer to bus lines No 95 – stop Malá scéna, and/or Landererova, No 78 – stop Malá scéna)


Stop Nová budova SND/ SND New Building (adjacent to the SND New Building):

Trolleybus stop Ni 210 (in the direction from the main train Station/ Hlavná stanica Bratislava – stop Nová budova SND ( SND New Building)

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