Music: By Richard Strauss (concert suite, ca. 1917). Libretto after Molière.
Choreography: By George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. COOKS DANCE by Peter Martins (uncredited). Assistant to the Choreographers: Susan Hendl.
Production: Scenery and costumes designed by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Costumes executed by Karinska. Lighting by Gilbert Hemsley, Jr.
Premiere: April 8, 1979, New York City Opera, New York State Theater. Corps de ballet composed of students of the School of American Ballet. Conductor: Cal Stewart Kellogg.
Lucile, Patricia McBride; M. Jourdain, Jean-Pierre Bonnefous; Cléonte, Rudolf Nureyev; DIVERTISSEMENT: Darla Hoover, Michael Puleo, six women; Maid; 6 Lackeys; 4 Cooks; 2 Attendants to Cléonte.
Note: Performed with Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas.
Revisions: 1980, New York City Ballet: Although choreography was credited to Balanchine alone, substantial portions of Robbins's work remained. Several dancing passages for Cléonte removed, replaced by mime passages for Cléonte and Lucile.
Other Versions: 1932, Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo. 1944, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.