Music: By Giuseppe Verdi (ballet music from Don Carlos, Act III, produced 1867, with some additions from the same score).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Costumes by Ben Benson. Lighting by Ronald Bates.
Premiere: January 12, 1978, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving. (Preview: Opening Night New York City Ballet Gala Benefit, November 15, 1977.)
Cast: Merrill Ashley, Robert Weiss; Debra Austin, Bonita Borne, Stephanie Saland, Sheryl Ware; 12 women.
Note: Although plotless, references through lighting and costumes allude to the original tale of a fisherman's search for the perfect pearl.
Film: 1989, Seahorse Films. Dancing for Mr. B (first ballerina solo).
Video/DVD: 1995, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Dancing for Mr. B (first ballerina solo); 1998, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Choreography by Balanchine .
Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive (principal roles), forthcoming.