Serge Diaghilev was a law student when he came to
After the innagural performance May 19, 1909, repeat visits in the following years resulted in the formation of the Ballets Russes in 1911 as an independent private company. The final season for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes was in 1929. Diaghilev died in
Although Diaghilev reformed European ballet, his company was often on the verge of bankruptcy. He never returned to
1899 Diaghilev founded the magazine Mir Isskoustva (World of Art). It ran for six years.
1900-1901 Diaghilev was the Editor-n-Chief of the Annual Report of the Imperial Theatres
1904 Diaghilev published a study of the painter, Dmitri Levitzky, who won the Uvarov Grand Prize
1905 Diaghilev was appointed to organize a historical exhibition of Russian painters in Paris shown at the Fall Salon in the Grand Palais.
1907 Diaghilev organized Concerts Historiques Russes with Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazounov, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, and Nikisch among others. It was at these concerts, that Chaliapin made his Paris debut.
1908 Diaghilev produced Moussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Paris Opera for the first time outside of Russia, with Chaliapin, Smirnov, conductor Blumenfeldt and the chorus of the Imperial Theatre of Moscow.
1909 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes premiered at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris with Pavlova, Nijinaky, Mordkin, Karsavina and Fokine. The program included the first act of Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmila, the third act of Borodin’s Prince Igor, Les Sylphides, Cleopatre. That same year he commissioned Daphnis et Chloe from Ravel and Firebird from Stravinsky.
1910 Was Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ season at Paris Opera.
1910 Was Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ s first season in Berlin which included Firebird, Scheherazade, Spectre de la Rose and Carnaval.
1910 Diaghilev commissioned Petrouchka from Stravinsky.
1911 Was Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ season in Rome at the International Exposition, and their 3rd season in Paris at Theatre du Chatelet, premiered Petrouchka and Spectre de la Rose.
1911 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ first season in London at Covent Gardens, opening during the coronation of King George V.
1911 Diaghilev commissioned Le Sacre du Primtemps from Stravinsky.
1912 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ 4th season in Paris, at Theatre du Chatelet with Daphnis et Chloe, L’Apres Midi d’un Faune.
1912 Diaghilev commissioned Jeux from Debussy
1913 Russian season of opera and ballet at Theatre des Champs-Elysees, with Le Sacre du Printemps, Jeux.
1913 In the autumn, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes debuted in Latin America.
1913 Diaghilev commissioned The Legend of Joseph from Richard Strauss.
1912 -1914 Diaghilev produced London’s Covent Garden and Drury Lane Theatre’s seasons of Russian opera and ballet, including Chaliapin’s first appearance in London.
1914 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes season at Paris Opera included Coq d’or and the Legend of Joseph with Strauss conducting.
1915 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes performed a benefit gala at Paris Opera with The Midnight Sun.
1915 Diaghilev brought Prokofiev to Rome and commissioned him to compose Chout (Le Bouffon)
1916 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ first half of its only tour of the United States, opening at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
1916 Diaghilev’s Ballets Ruses first tour of Madrid, on command of King Alfonso XIII
1916 Diaghilev commissioned Parade from Satie and Picasso and another The Three Cornered Hat from de Falla.
1916-1917 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ second half of the United States Tour, headed by Nijinsky.
1917 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ season at the Rome Opera and Theatre du Chatelet in Paris with The Good-Humored Ladies and Parade.
1917 Sept. 26 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ 2nd tour in Latin America and final appearance of Nijinsky with the Ballets Russes.
1917 Diaghilev commissioned Stravinsky for Le Chant du Rossignol.
1917-1918 Diaghilev assembles musical fragments of Cimarosa, Paisello and Pergolesi, into Pulcinella, for the arrangement he commissioned from Stravinsky.
1918 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes season in London lasting fifty-five weeks, from August 1918 – December 1919
1920 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ season at London’s Covent Garden.
1920 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ three seasons in Paris; January-February; the second, May-July, at Paris Opera (Chant du Rossignol, H. Matisse; Pulcinella, The Three Cornered-Hat, Picassso; Boutique Fantasque, A. Derain) and in December the final season at Theatre des Champs-Elysees.
1921 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ season in Paris, at the Gaite-Lyrique (Le Bouffon, Cuadro Flamenco, Picasso)
1921 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’ season in London, June-July.
1921 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes performed the full, uncut version of Sleeping Beauty for the first time abroad. One hundred and fifteen consecutive performances. It also marked Spessivitzeva’s first appearance in London.
1922 Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes season in Paris at Paris Opera.
1922 Diaghilev commissioned Poulenc for Les Biches to be choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska, Auric for Les Facheur, and Satie and Prokofiev for new ballets.
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