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The ballet follows the mysterious Dr. Coppélius who creates a doll (Coppélia) so lifelike that it steals the heart of villager Franz. The only problem is Franz’s heart is already promised to his fiancée, Swanhilda. Hilarity ensues when Swanhilda goes to preposterous lengths to win back his affection.
A mysterious doll-maker who has created a life-size mechanical doll. Trying his own hand at magic, he is tricked into believing he has brought the doll to life.
The life-size doll that looks so lifelike it attracts the admiration of Franz and the envy of his fiancée.
A young villager engaged to Swanhilda. He sees and falls in love with Coppélia, thinking she is real. Despite his commitment to Swanhilda, he goes on a search to find the doll.
A spirited peasant girl soon to be married to Franz. She becomes angry when she finds his fondness for another woman. Realizing Franz has fallen for a doll he thinks is alive, Swanhilda impersonates the doll to win his love.
from Houston Ballet. Click to enlarge.
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