İstanbul State Opera and Ballet


In the 2023-24 art season, İstanbul State Opera and Ballet will stage "Giselle," a narrative derived from the Wilis Legend described in the great German poet Heinrich Heine's book "Germany." Accompanied by the music of French composer Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) and choreography by Jean Coralli-Jules Perrot-Marius Petipa, "Giselle" is a prominent work of romantic ballet. It encapsulates both the pastoral lifestyle and the extraordinary world, accentuating the grandeur of love and the indispensability of passion. The piece first premiered on June 28, 1841, at the Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique located in Salle Le Peletier, Paris.

"Giselle," laden with supernatural elements, unveils the tragic and romantic tale of a young, beautiful, yet shy village girl named Giselle, who adores dancing, and Count Albrecht. The Count, smitten by Giselle, introduces himself as a farmer named "Loys."

The ballet, set against the backdrop of love, disappointment, death, remorse, unattainability, and reunion, illuminates dramatic narratives like "impossible love" and "affluent man – impoverished girl." It also delves into fantastical, otherworldly events in the second act. The exquisite aesthetic language employed in both choreography and visual presentation elevates "Giselle" to one of the quintessential masterpieces of romantic ballet.

This year, İstanbul State Opera and Ballet reintroduces "Giselle" to its repertoire, with Zeynep Sunal Öngün orchestrating its staging.

Event Rules
  • Purchased tickets cannot be changed or refunded, except in case of cancellation of the event or change of date.
  • The student ticket is only valid with an available student ID. On the day of the event, the student IDs must be presented to the staff.
  • AKM Management reserves the right not to admit those who are considered unsuitable for the event by giving them refunds.
  • During the concert, recording with cameras, mobile phones, and other recording equipment is forbidden. Recording devices will not be allowed in the venues.
  • The events are suitable for participants aged 7 and over.
  • Once the event begins, no visitors will be allowed in the venue.
  • It is required for visitors to arrive and be ready at the entrance 1 hour prior to the event.
  • The concert halls may change for reasons beyond control. AKM management is sure to change the seating layout, ensuring they assign the spectators a new seat in the changed venue that is closest to the prior ticket number. Purchased tickets will not be refunded due to the change of venue.
  • Guests are required to comply with the stated seating layout; they are obliged not to change their seats during the event.
  • It’s forbidden to enter the venues with food and beverages, consume tobacco or tobacco products or use e-cigarettes outside smoke-free areas.
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