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About the Show Less...

The water spirit who falls for a human to tragic results is a familiar one from folktales and fairy stories... Read More >

The theme also provided the scenario for Frederick Ashton’s last full-length ballet, given its premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1958 and set to a score specially commissioned from Hans Werner Henze. Although engaged to Berta, Prince Palemon is unhappy, and when he discovers a mysterious young girl who has emerged from a fountain in his palace he is so smitten by her that they elope and marry. But she is Ondine, a water sprite, and the Lord of the Mediterranean Sea calls up a storm to part her and her new husband. Both rescued, Palemon and Berta marry, but such infidelity to Ondine will prove fatal on the wedding day itself.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 19/04/2005

Closing Night: 24/05/2005

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Choreographer - Frederick Ashton

Conductor - Richard Bernas

Lighting Designer - John B. Read

Set Designer - Lila de Nobili

ABOUT Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD