Music: Poppy a La Teheran

Poppy á La Teheran

The most famous ballet conceived in Soviet Russia had its Manhattan premiere last week. It was The Red Poppy, a stark, fist-shaking proletarian melodrama set to lush, romantic music by Russia's aging Reinhold Glière. It caused almost as much excitement in Manhattan's City Center of Music and Drama as it had in Moscow at its first performance in 1927. The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with Alexandra Danilova as the star, gave it an energetic performance. But it was not the same Red Poppy that Muscovites had cheered in...

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