Set designs for Francesca da Rimini (Royal Opera House, 1937)

Scope and Content

This series includes set designs and flat set model pieces

Administrative / Biographical History

Francesca da Rimini, a symphonic fantasy by Tchaikovsky (1877) with libretto by David Lichine and Henry Clifford, drawn partly from Dante. Oliver Messel's production was first performed by Col. W. de Basil's Ballets Russes at the Royal Opera House on 15 July 1937. It ws choreographed by David Lichine and featuring Lubov Tchernicheva as Francesca, Paul Petroff as Paolo, and Marc Platoff as Malatesta. Also performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 24 October 1937. The costumes were made from Messel's designs by Barbara Karinska, and the set designs were realised by Prince Schervachidze. These designs represent Messel's first designs for a full ballet production.