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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71


Lauren Cuthbertson (Clara), Federico Bonelli (Prince), Francesca Hayward (Sugar-Plum Fairy), Alexander Campbell (Nutcracker), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer)

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

The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the quintessential Christmas ballet. When her nutcracker toy comes to life, young Clara is transported by the magician Drosselmeyer to a magical world of excitement and delight. Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli dance the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince; Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell take the roles of Clara and the Nutcracker; and Gary Avis is the mysterious, kindly Drosselmeyer. This performance celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday and a production that has been in The Royal Ballet’s repertory for more than thirty years. With sumptuous period designs, spellbinding stage effects and of course Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, The Nutcracker continues to enchant audiences of all ages. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound. "fresh and reinvigorated - Nutcrackers come and Nutcrackers go but the Royal Ballet's version is a hardy perennial. " (The Stage) "The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, always handsomely traditional, has become a tradition of its own." (The Independent) "Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell make an enchanting couple, " (The Daily Telegraph)

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Kenneth Macmillan's Anastasia

Kenneth Macmillan's Anastasia

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky & Bohuslav Martinů


 

Anastasia

Tchaikovsky/Martinů


Natalia Osipova (Anastasia/Anna Anderson), Marianela Nuñez (Mathilde Kschessinska), Federico Bonelli (Kschessinska’s Partner), Edward Watson (The husband), Thiago Soares (Rasputin), Christina Arestis (Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna), Christopher Saunders (Tsar Nicholas Ii)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Simon Hewett

Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova dances the title role in Kenneth MacMillan’s haunting ballet, to atmospheric music by Tchaikovsky and Martinů. Anastasia tells the story of Anna Anderson who, following the Russian Revolution and the murder of the royal family, claimed she was the surviving Grand Duchess Anastasia. Many believed her to be an imposter; others hoped she was Anastasia, a remnant of a lost world. A powerful, psychological challenge for the lead dancer, Anastasia explores one of the great historical mysteries of the 20th century, only recently solved, and the distorting mirror of memory, time and place.

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William Shakespeare: Cymbeline

William Shakespeare: Cymbeline


Gillian Bevan (Cymbeline), Bethan Cullinane (Innogen), Hiran Abeysekera (Posthumus), Doreene Blackstock (Cornelia), Marcus Griffiths (Cloten), Oliver Johnstone (Iachimo), Kelly Williams (Pisanio), Graham Turner (Belarius), Natalie Simpson (Guideria), James Cooney (Arviragus), Byron Mondahl (Philario), Eke Chukwu (Caius Lucius)

Melly Still (stage director)

Britain is in crisis. Alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster. Can it be saved? An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, Cymbeline’s judgement is clouded. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. Behind the throne, a power-hungry figure plots to seize power by murdering them both. In exile Innogen's husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful to him and in an act of impulsive jealousy begins a scheme to have her murdered. Warned of the danger, Innogen runs away from court in disguise and begins a journey fraught with danger that will eventually reunite Cymbeline with a long-lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.

- The Bard meets Brexit! - Ancient story of British resistance to the Roman Empire updated to the near-future - with Brexit undertones

- Extra Features: Interview with Melly Still; Shakespeare’s Ancient Britain; Director’s Commentary; Cast Gallery

Running time: 199 minutes

Subtitles: English

Sound format: LPCM 2.0, dts-HD Master Audio

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Two Ballet Favourites by Christopher Wheeldon

Two Ballet Favourites by Christopher Wheeldon

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Cinderella


Prokofiev:

Cinderella, Op. 87

Anna Tsygankova (Cinderella), Matthew Golding (Prince Guillaume), Larissa Lezhnina (Stepmother Hortensia), Megan Zimny Gray (Stepsister Edwina), Nadia Yanowsky (Stepsister Clementine)

Dutch National Ballet, Ermanno Florio

Talbot, J:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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

The Royal Ballet, Barry Wordsworth


Christopher Wheeldon (choreographer)

Here in all their whimsy and vivid charm is a pair of fairy-tale masterpieces from choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. His brilliant adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s surreal Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed for The Royal Ballet where he is Artistic Associate, is described by The Times as ‘spectacular family entertainment brought to life with enormous theatrical verve’. His innovative reimagining of Cinderella for Dutch National Ballet, to Prokofiev’s celebrated and colourful score, gives the characters renewed depth and complexity, creating a truly magical experience.

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Shakespeare: The Tempest

Shakespeare: The Tempest


Simon Russell Beale (Prospero), Joe Dixon (Caliban), Mark Quartley (Ariel), Jenny Rainsford (Miranda), Simon Trinder (Trinculo), Tony Jayawardena (Stephano) & Oscar Pearce (Antonio)

Gregory Doran (director)

In a unique partnership with Intel, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production uses today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him.

Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Malin Byström (Mathilde), John Osborn (Arnold Melchtal), Sofia Fomina (Jemmy), Nicolas Courjal (Gesler), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter Furst), Enkelejda Shkosa (Hedwige), Eric Halfvarson (Melcthal), Michael Colvin (Rodolphe), Samuel Dale Johnson (Leuthold), Enea Scala (Ruodi)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.

Rossini’s score, here performed in its original French, is one of his most outstanding and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

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Running time: 216 minutes

Sound format: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5

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Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict


Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice), Paul Appleby (Bénédict), Philippe Sly (Claudio), Sophie Karthäuser (Hero), Lionel Lhote (Somarone), Frédéric Caton (Don Pedro) & Katarina Bradić (Ursule)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Antonello Manacorda, Laurent Pelly (director)

Through the eye of French director Laurent Pelly this expression of Berlioz’s undying admiration for the Bard — his adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing as an opéra comique — becomes ‘an elegant treatise on love and music designed in shades of grey with 50s-era costumes’ (Sunday Express ????). Housed by designer Barbara de Limburg in a series of oversized boxes, it’s ‘terribly chic, terribly pretty’ (The Spectator). Soaring over the ‘warmly graceful playing of the London Philharmonic’, Paul Appleby sings ‘attractively’ as Bénédict and Stéphanie d’Oustrac ‘makes a marvellously wiry and fiery Béatrice, singing with charm and acting with gusto’ (The Telegraph).

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Running time: 129 minutes

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“This is Pellyland, a deeply satisfying comic world with its own style conjured up for Glyndebourne by one of the most assured opera directors at work today...The LPO rise magnificently to the challenge of Berlioz's vibrant orchestration and daring harmonies...d'Oustac is a perfect Béatrice, a comic actress with impeccable timing who relishes every word...Appleby's Bénédict is much more than the bluff soldier.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017 *****

“I loved everything about Laurent Pelly’s elegantly monochrome production of Berlioz’s rom-com treatment of Much Ado About Nothing when I saw it in the cinema broadcast from Glyndebourne last summer, and it works just as beautifully on the small screen. Stephanie d’Oustrac’s chic, gamine Béatrice and Paul Appleby’s golden-toned Bénédict exude charm, and the drunken revels which open Act Two are a slapstick delight.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, June 2017

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - September 2017

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Danielle de Niese (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Dr Bartolo), Björn Bürger (Figaro), Taylor Stayton (Count Almaviva), Christophoros Stamboglis (Basilio) & Janis Kelly (Berta)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Enrique Mazzola (conductor) & Annabel Arden (director)

The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’ (The Independent ★★★★★). Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis and Corbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).

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Running time: 172 minutes

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Shakespeare: King Lear

Shakespeare: King Lear


Antony Sher (King Lear), Kelly Williams (Regan), Nia Gwynee (Goneril), Natalie Simpson (Cordelia), Paapa Essiedu (Edmund), Oliver Johnstone (Edgar), David Troughton (Gloucester), James Clyde (Cornwall), Antony Byrne (Kent), Byron Mondahl (Oswald), Clarence Smith (Albany), Graham Turner (Fool)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (director)

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power.

A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted.

Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. The production is directed by the RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

"Antony Sher is unbearably moving as the volatile king, in Gregory Doran’s stellar production full of standout performances" (The Guardian ****)

"‘A production that is bolted together with clarity, insight and a relish for the monumental" (The Telegraph ****)

Running time: 181 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0 & LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio (Blu-ray)

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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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