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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle


Marianela Nuñez (Giselle) & Vadim Muntagirov (Count Albrecht)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Choreography Marius Petipa

Production Peter Wright

The quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle has remained a cornerstone of the classical repertory since its premiere in 1841. Peter Wright’s landmark production for The Royal Ballet does full justice to the work’s emotional and atmospheric power, with John Macfarlane’s designs beautifully capturing the contrast between the human and supernatural worlds. Giselle is one of the most challenging and demanding roles in the repertory and has always been a showcase for exceptional ballerinas. With Marianela Nuñez’s ‘absolute mastery’ of the choreography, she and her Albrecht, Vadim Muntagirov, are ‘technically thrilling’ (Guardian).

Running time: 115 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Atmos

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7216D

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London in January 2006.


Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Marianela Nuñez & Martin Harvey

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Boris Gruzin

Choreographer: Marius Petipa

Perhaps the most celebrated ballet of the Romantic era, Adolphe Adam’s intoxicating ballet Giselle is the dramatic story of a peasant girl whose betrayal by her aristocratic lover causes her to go mad before dying and returning as a ghost. Featuring the fabulous Alina Cojocaru in the title role and Johan Kobborg as a torn Count Albrecht, Peter Wright’s sparkling production and John Macfarlane’s pastoral designs create an opulent feast for the eyes.

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

‘Cojocaru's interpretation, everyone seems to agree, is one of the greatest of all time, and she continues to refine it with every performance… One of the things which makes Cojocaru so poignant in this role is a quality that one senses in the dancer herself. Something in the emotional charge of her performances, some fragility beneath the ballerina steel, emphasises the ephemeral nature of the art form. It reminds us that we must seize the day.’ The Observer

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PICTURE FORMAT: 1080i

LENGTH: 113 Mins

SOUND: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM

SUBTITLES: FR/DE/ES/IT

“The Royal Ballet's recent triumphs continue with this exquisite Giselle. Beguiling actress-dancer Alina Cojocaru embraces both Act I's sweet rural girl and the tragic ghost of Act II.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle

Live Recording from The Opéra National de Paris, 2006


Laëtitia Pujol (Giselle), Nicolas Le Riche (Albrecht), Marie-Agnès Gillot (Myrtha) & Wilfried Romoli (Hilarion)

Orchestra, Ballet and First Dancers of the Opéra National de Paris, Paul Connelly

Choreography by JEAN CORALLI & JULES PERROT

Choreographic restaging by MARIUS PETIPA

Adapted by PATRICE BART & EUGÈNE POLYAKOV

Arthaus presents Giselle, a classical ballet, which, with all its splendour and grace, is generally regarded as the apotheosis of the Romantic ballet.

The work premiered in the Salle de la rue Le Peletier at the Paris Opéra in 1841 and is considered the first major plot-based ballet to have survived to the modern day with its original choreography almost intact. In the course of the past century and a half Giselle has undergone only a few changes, e.g. by Marius Petipa, who revised the work for his 1887 production at the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

The performance recorded on this DVD is based on the St Petersburg version and was choreographed by Patrice Bart and Eugène Polyakov, two out-and-out Petipa specialists. The scenery is the work of Alexandre Benois from 1924; originally designed for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, it heralded the re-emergence on Western programmes of the long absent Giselle and to this day it remains the benchmark for traditionalist stagings of this ballet.

The production was marked by an all-stars cast: Laëtitia Pujol dances the title role, combining her flawless technical skill with a fully developed sense of grace. Nicolas Le Riche, one of international ballet’s most respected stars, created her male counterpart, Albrecht, whose faithlessness drives her insane. Le Riche is famous all over the world for his elegant strength, the beauty of his expression and the musicality of his movements.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 7.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Running Time: 111 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle


Svetlana Lunkina (Giselle), Dmitry Gudanov (Count Albrecht), Vitaly Biktimirov (Hans), Elena Bukanova (Berthe), Ekaterina Barykina (Bathilde), Alexey Loparevich (Duke), Vladislav Lantratov (Wilfreed), Yulia Grebenshchikova, Anna Okuneva, Anna Tikhomirova, Ana Turazashvili, Maria Vinogradova, Angelina Vlashinets (Giselle’s friends), Maria Allash (Myrtha, the Queen of Wilis), Olga Kishnyova, Victoria Osipova (Two Wilis) & Chinara Alizade, Andrey Bolotin (Peasant Pas de Deux)

Bolshoi Ballet Company & Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Pavel Klinichev

The Bolshoi Ballet troupe in Yuri Grigorovich’s version of the romantic masterpiece 'Giselle', at last available in HD. First performed in 1841, 'Giselle' was an immediate hit. With music by Adolphe Adam and a libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, the ballet touches on the great romantic themes: local colour, a pastoral love affair doomed to end in tragedy, a plunge into fantasy and redemption through the power of love. Learning that Albrecht, her beloved, is in fact a nobleman engaged to be married to a princess, the naive peasant girl Giselle dies. The Queen of the Wilis – the spirits of deceased young virgins– decides that Albrecht should follow Giselle to the grave, and condemns him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. But Giselle’s spirit dances with him and saves him. Composer Adolphe Adam owes his reputation to this archetypal, richly melodic Romantic ballet. As Giselle, Svetlana Lunkina is simply sensational. Her Albrecht is the iconically noble dancer Dmitri Gudanov. And the cast is perfectly rounded off by Maria Allash as the Queen of the Wilis. The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Pavel Klinichev.

Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa

Choreographic version Yuri Grigorovich

Designer Simon Virsaladze

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC474

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, January 2014


Choreography Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Giselle remains one of the most popular Romantic ballets of all time. The story brings together an engaging mix of human passions, supernatural forces, and the transcendent power of self-sacrificing love. The production by Sir Peter Wright catches the atmosphere of this great Romantic ballet, especially in the perfection of its White Act, with ghostly maidens drifting through the forest in spectacular patterns – one of the most famous of any scenes for the corps de ballet. Giselle dances with lightness and fragility, giving the impression of floating through the mist.

This is one of The Royal Ballet’s most loved and admired productions, faithful to the spirit of the 1841 original yet always fresh at each revival. This performance features former Bolshoi star and now Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova in a breath-taking interpretation of the title role.

Extra features: The Romance of Giselle, The Corps de ballet in Giselle and a cast gallery.

Running time: 113 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Adam: Le Corsaire

Adam: Le Corsaire

Additional music by Arensky, Coleman, Édouard Lalo, Massenet, Sibelius

Recorded live at Théâtre National du Capitole, May 2013


Maria Gutierrez (The Slave-girl), Davit Galstyan (The Corsair), Takafumi Watanabe (The Sultan), Juliette Thélin (The Sultan’s Favourite Concubine), Demian Vargas (The Corsair’s Companion), Juliana Bastos, Julie Loria (Two Slaves), Henrik Victorin (The Wealthy Slave-trader) & Cédric Pons, Joël Sitbon (Two Guards)

Ballet du Capitole & Orchestre National du Capitole

Choreography Kader Belargi

Musical Director David Coleman

Hailed by Le Figaro as ‘simply magnificent: a miracle in two acts’, Kader Belarbi’s new production of Le Corsaire is a bold reinvention of a 19th-century classic. Belarbi’s fresh scenario and choreography give this colourful yet ultimately tragic story of the corsair (Davit Galstyan) and the beautiful slave-girl who captures his heart (Maria Gutierrez) renewed clarity and simplicity. David Coleman conducts a score based on Adolphe Adam’s original work, but enhanced with music by composers from Massenet to Sibelius, as well as new compositions and orchestrations by Coleman himself. The score is the result of close collaboration between Belarbi and Coleman, and its strong and coherent musical framework brings Belarbi’s staging to life. This is a version of Le Corsaire for the modern age, giving the work – in Belarbi’s words – ‘resonance and meaning today’.

Extra features: Cast gallery.

Running time: 100 minutes

Subtitles N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“for anyone whose main priority is to have a "Le Corsaire for the modern age” – and anyone wanting to watch expertly and beautifully filmed performances by a very accomplished company of dancers - this innovative account from Toulouse could hardly be bettered.” MusicWeb International, 11th April 2014

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Adam: Le Corsaire

Adam: Le Corsaire

Recorded live at English National Ballet, August 2014


Alina Cojocaru (Medora), Vadim Muntagirov (Conrad), Erina Takahashi (Gulnare), Dimitri Gruzdyev (Lankendem), Junor Souza (Ali), Yonah Acosta (Birbanto), Michael Coleman (Pasha), Juan Rodriguez (Pasha Assistant) & Nancy Osbaldeston (Lead Villager)

English National Ballet & Orchestra of English National Ballet

Set in the exotic surroundings of the Ottoman Empire and with a narrative encompassing abduction, murder and shipwreck, Le Corsaire is a swashbuckling pirate drama that delights for its spectacular nature and which includes some of the most bravura male dancing in the ballet repertoire. The work’s evolution has been a complex one, its libretto and choreography subject to numerous revisions since its first appearance in Paris in 1856, and in this English National Ballet production – the first British staging of the work – former-ballerina-turned-choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes adapts the 1974 Petipa-Sergeyev Kirov version to create ‘brisk, stylish entertainment’ (Guardian) that is visually enhanced by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood’s ‘superb’ (Daily Telegraph) Orientalist sets and costumes. First-rate dancing by the company and its soloists – including Alina Cojocaru’s ‘radiant performance’ as Medora (Independent), Yonah Acosta’s ‘vividly drawn and villainous’ Birbanto (Financial Times) and Vadim Muntagirov’s ‘compelling’ (Daily Telegraph) portrayal of Conrad – underscores the ‘roaring, madcap success’ (Financial Times) of this production.

Running time: 100 minutes

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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The Art of Mats Ek - Giselle

The Art of Mats Ek - Giselle


Adam:

Giselle


Ana Laguna (Giselle), Luc Bouy (Albrecht), Yvan Auzely (Hilarion), Vanessa McIntosh (Bathilde) & Lena Wennergren (Myrtha)

Cullberg Ballet & Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Richard Bonynge

Choreography and TV adaptation by Mats Ek

- World premiere on stage, 6 July 1982

- Adapted for TV in 1987

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Running Time: 89 mins

Picture Format: 4:3

Region free

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

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Arthaus Musik Elegance - 109281

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The Royal Ballet: The Collection

The Royal Ballet: The Collection


Adam:

Giselle

Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, January 2014

Natalia Osipova (Giselle) & Carlos Acosta (Albrecht)

Boris Gruzin

Delibes:

Sylvia

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 1st and 5th December 2005

Darcey Bussell, Roberto Bolle, Thiago Soares, Martin Harvey & Mara Galeazzi

Graham Bond

Hérold:

La Fille mal gardée

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton (2015)

Natalia Osipova (Lise), Steven McRae (Colas), Philip Mosley (Widow Simone), Christopher Saunders (Thomas ) & Paul Kay (Alain)

Barry Wordsworth

Liszt:

Mayerling

Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan (2009)

Edward Watson, Mara Galeazzi, Iohna Loots, William Tuckett, Cindy Jourdain, Sarah Lamb & Elizabeth McGorian

Barry Wordsworth

Minkus:

Don Quixote

Choreography: Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, October 2013

Marianela Nuñez (Kitri), Carlos Acosta (Basilio), Christopher Saunders (Don Quixote), Philip Mosley (Sancho Panza), Gary Avis (Lorenzo), Bennet Gartside (Gamache), Ryoichi Hirano (Espada), Laura Morera (Mercedes)

Martin Yates (conductor) & Carlos Acosta (director)

La Bayadère

Choreographer: Natalia Makarova. Recorded live from the Royal Opera House, January 2009

Carlos Acosta (Solar), Marianela Nuñez (Gamzatti), Tamara Rojo (Nikiya), Gary Avis (The High Brahmin), Christopher Saunders (Rajah), Kenta Kura (Magdaveya) & Valeri Hristov (Solor’s Friend)

Valeriy Ovsyanikov

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2012

Federico Bonelli (Romeo), Lauren Cuthbertson (Juliet), Alexander Campbell (Mercutio), Bennet Gartside (Tybalt), Dawid Trzensimiech (Benvolio), Vale Rihristov (Paris), Christopher Saunders (Lord Capulet), Christina Arestis (Lady Capulet) & Gary Avis (Escalus Prince of Verona)

Barry Wordsworth

Talbot, J:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 9th March, 2011

auren Cuthbertson (Alice), Sergei Polunin (Jack/The Knave of Hearts), Edward Watson (Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit), Zenaida Yanowsky (Mother/The Queen of Hearts) & Steven Macrae (Mad Hatter)

Barry Wordsworth

The Winter's Tale

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2014

Edward Watson (Leontes), Sarah Lamb (Perdita), Zenaida Yanowsky (Paulina), Steven McRae (Florizel), Federico Bonelli (Polizenes), Lauren Cuthbertson (Hermione)

David Briskin

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20

Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov. Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, on 16th & 24th March 2009

Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares, Elizabeth McGorian, Christopher Saunders, Alastair Marriott & David Pickering

Valeriy Ovsyanikov (conductor) & Anthony Dowell (stage director)

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov & Dec, 2009

Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Ricardo Cervera/Steven McRae (Nephew/Nutcracker), Steven McRae (The Prince), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) & Iohna Loots (Clara)

Koen Kessels (conductor) & Peter Wright (director)

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Choreographer: Marius Petipa, Frederick Ashton & Anthony Dowell. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 5th December 2006

Alina Cojocaru, Federico Bonelli, Christopher Saunders, Elizabeth McGorian, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato & Marianela Nuñez

Valeriy Ovsyanikov

plus:

ASHTON CELEBRATION (2013)

RHAPSODY/THE TWO PIGEONS (2015)

MCGREGOR TRIPLE BILL


Celebrating 60 years since the Royal Ballet was awarded its Royal Charter, this magnificent 15-disc collection brings together 22 ballets spanning a decade of dance.

The Collection illustrates the breadth of the Royal Ballet’s work: from such 19th-century classics as Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker through works by the company’s heritage choreographers Frederick Ashton (including La Fille mal gardée and Rhapsody) and Kenneth MacMillan (Romeo and Juliet and Mayerling), to contemporary classics by the Royal Ballet’s Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale) and Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor (Chroma, Infra and Limen).

A special edition book is also included, containing new articles about the Royal Ballet, richly illustrated with stunning photographs.

15 x Blu-rays

Running time: 36 hours & 8 minutes approximately

Sound format: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5.1


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Adamo, M: Little Women - An Opera in Two Acts

Adamo, M: Little Women - An Opera in Two Acts

Recorded at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, Texas, 17–18 March 2000


Stephanie Novacek (Jo), Joyce DiDonato (Meg), Chad Shelton (Laurie), Stacey Tappan (Beth), Margaret Lloyd (Amy), Daniel Belcher (John Brooke) & Chen-Ye Yuan (Friedrich Bhaer)

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Patrick Summers

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s enduringly popular novel about the adventures of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in civil-war era New England, Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women has been performed in more than 70 national and international engagements since its 1998 première by Houston Grand Opera and has achieved the status of an American classic.

This recording, with a superb cast expertly directed for television, vividly brings to life an opera that The New Yorker hailed as “A beautifully crafted work, brilliantly molding Alcott’s tale into operatic form,” and The New York Times dubbed a “masterpiece”.

Stage Production Director: Peter Webster

Directed for Television by Brian Large

Set Designer: Christopher McCollum

Sung in English • Subtitles in English

Total Running Time: 114:53

NTSC: No Region Coding • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 • PCM Stereo 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

“It's expertly staged and acted, and interesting to see the young Joyce DiDonato in repertoire far removed from her familiar one.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

“What was an outstanding cast in 2000 is still astounding today...[Novacek] patiently creates for Jo a spectrum of intimate depth and then explores it with a sure dramatic touch and a voice of power and beauty...a convincing demonstration that Little Women could be an audience-pleaser wherever it plays.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“It will prove too sentimental for some tastes...But you can't fault the performance, filmed in 2002 during a revival of the original Houston production. Joyce DiDonato fans will be fascinated by her self-assured Meg. But it's Stephanie Novacek's self-willed Jo, and Stacey Tappan, heart-rending as fragile Beth, that make the strongest impression.” The Guardian, 9th December 2010 ***

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