The Firebird was the spectacular debut of a relatively unknown Russian composer named Igor Stravinsky, who was originally Sergei Diaghilev's third choice to write the music for the first original work to be performed by the Ballets Russe. When the ballet premiered in Paris in 1910, the critics and the public went into raptures over it. The Firebird made the Ballets Russe, Diaghilev, and especially Stravinsky.
Igor Stravinsksy in 1910
Sergei Diaghilev in 1910
Leon Bakst costume design for the 1910 Firebird
Set design by artist Natalia Goncharova for a Russian performance of The Firebird.