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The story recounts the problems of the bandit Marco Spada and his daughter Angela who is courted by Count Federici, the fiancé of Marquise Sampieri…madly in love with a captain of the dragoons!

At the time of its creation in 1857 at the Paris Opera, Marco Spada was a great success. Remounted by Pierre Lacotte for the Rome Opera, this fresh and joyous ballet about a big-hearted bandit greatly interested Rudolf Nureyev who wanted to dance it. With a peal of laughter, Pierre Lacotte had Nureyev sign a contract on a piece of a paper tablecloth to stay during the three weeks of rehearsal necessary to participate in this creation and to interpret this role made to measure for him. Nureyev had a lot of, fun playing the bandit and the father, with comic inspiration and resolute vitality.