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Sergei Diaghilev (1872–1929)

Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev was born on March 19, 1872, into a wealthy noble family in Novgorod, Russia. His father, named Pavel Diaghilev, was a distinguished General to the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. His mother died at his birth. Young Sergei Diaghilev grew up in a highly cultured environment. He studied piano and singing from the early age. He ... See full bio »


(age 57) in Venice, Italy

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The most famous ballet impresario of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His company, the Ballet Russes, premiered the original productions of Stravinsky's "The Firebird", "Petrouchka" and "Le Sacre du Printemps" (The Rite of Spring), as well as the ballet versions of Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade".

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