Posted 09 August 2002 - 12:58 PM
The Firebird is indeed an old Russian folk tale. Prince Ivan (is he also the tsarevich? can't recall), captures a bird with fiery red plumage during a hunt. The Firebird talks Ivan out of putting her in a cage in the kitchen by giving Ivan a magic feather. Later, Ivan chances upon a magical castle chock full of beautiful princesses. They tell Ivan of the wicked Kastchei in the castle who turns passing visitors into stone, for fun. Ivan, armed with his feather, confronts Kastchei. The magic feather shields him from harm, and the Firebird appears. Kastchei and his bad guys are defeated, and the ballet ends with Ivan winning the hand of a beautiful princess. So it's a pretty happy ending, and I think you can take your husband without fear. I almost forgot -- the stone people are released from their spell, too.
Posted 09 August 2002 - 08:03 PM
in any case no traditional staging i know of has an unhappy ending, most end w/ the wedding of the tsarevich and his princess, kastchei vanquished and the firebird flown.
Posted 10 August 2002 - 01:03 PM
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