Birthday Variations

5 Female Solos, 1 Male Solo & Pas De Deux

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“Birthday Variations” was commissioned by Becky D’Angelo as a birthday present to her husband Dino, who owned Chicago’s Civic Opera House, and loved Verdi’s music.

“…The result is more than a piece d’occasion. Birthday Variations, set to some of Verdi’s infectious opera-ballet music, is a sparkling showpiece of classical dancing.”

—Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times


Gerald Arpino


Giuseppe Verdi

Costume Design:

Stanley Simmons

Lighting Design:

Thomas Skelton


March 6, 1986

Running Time:

20 minutes

Number of Dancers:

6 (1 male, 5 female)



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