Leo Delibes


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Delibes' Coppélia suffers a very slight fall this year, dropping four places since 2014

Delibes' charming comedy ballet takes inspiration from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story Der Sandman, a fantastical tale of a dancing doll being brought to life by her creator, the toymaker Dr Coppelius.

It was premiered at the Paris Opera in 1870, and went down a treat thanks to its bright, saccharine tunes, influencing future ballet composers like Tchaikovsky.

Vanessa Zahorian and the San Francisco Ballet Dancers in publicity shot for George Balanchine's 2011 production of Coppélia. Photo by Erik Tomasson.