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Jonathan McPhee gets animated discussing ‘Coppélia’

When Boston Ballet music director and principal conductor Jonathan McPhee steps to the podium Thursday night for the opening performance of “Coppélia,” it will be the sixth production of the ballet he has conducted: one apiece with American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Australian Ballet, and National Ballet of Canada, and two with Boston Ballet, including the current one, choreographed by George Balanchine. A tale of dreams versus reality, set in motion by a beautiful doll apparently come to life, “Coppélia” is one of the most popular ballets in the repertoire, originally staged in 1870, with a groundbreaking score by Léo Delibes.

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