During his career in St. Petersburg, Drigo conducted the premieres and performances of nearly every ballet and opera performed on the Tsarist stage, and was considered to be among the best European theatrical conductors. Drigo is equally noted for his original compositions for the ballet, as well as his adaptations of already existing scores, and the substantial number of supplemental dances and variations he composed. Among his original scores for the ballet, he is most noted for The Talisman (Petipa, 1889); The Magic Flute (Lev Ivanov, 1893); The Awakening of Flora (Petipa, 1894); and Harlequinade (Petipa, 1900), from which two extremely popular repertory pieces are often extracted: Notturno d'Amour - Serenade and the Valse Bluette, perhaps Drigo's most well-known compositions. Drigo's most well-known adaptation is his 1895 revision of Tchaikovsky's score for Swan Lake, which was done for the important revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Among the many divertissement pieces which are performed today to Drigo's music, he is noted for the Le Corsaire Pas de Deux (1899); the La Esmeralda Pas de Deux (1899); the La Esmeralda Pas de Six (1886), the Diane and Acteon Pas de Deux (1903); The Talisman Pas de Deux; and the Harlequinade Pas de Deux.
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