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Adam: Giselle [Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta] [Blu-ray] [NTSC]

Natalia Osipova , Carlos Acosta    Exempt   Blu-ray
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Product details

  • Actors: Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Marius Petipa
  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2014
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M428E4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,724 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Giselle Natalia Osipova
Albrecht Carlos Acosta
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreography Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Conductor Boris Gruzin
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, January 2014


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.

Running time: 113 minutes
Subtitles: N/A
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, moving and unforgettable 27 Aug 2014
By pv
Format:DVD
Well, in spite of not being released for another few days, I bought this DVD two weeks ago from the ROH shop.

What to say about this production of Giselle? In a word, I suppose, magical. I loved every minute of it, and the soloists and entire corps de ballet were on top form.
In my view Carlos Acosta is at his brilliant best, but Natalia Osipova is something else entirely. She is quite an extraordinarily gifted dancer (notwithstanding her obvious hard work and dedication to her craft) and an utter joy to watch. In fact her performance as Giselle here is so compelling it's very difficult not to watch her.
I know it's impossible to talk of who is the best, or better than who, and so on. Styles and physiques being so different make nonsense of all that. I mean who is to say whether Cojocaru or Osipova, of the current generation, makes for a better Giselle? Nevertheless it's fair to say that the diminutive Natalia Osipova as regards her dancing and acting is a monumental force. If I may quote the Telegraph's reviewer Mark Monahan, when writing of Osipova in this production of Giselle:
"...you know you have been in the presence of greatness."

The extras on the DVD are well worth watching too. Some footage of Osipova and Acosta in rehearsals, interspersed with interviews with the two leading protagonists and the choreographer Sir Peter Wright. There's also a short film on the rehearsal of the Wilis, with some thoughts and opinions from a couple of members of the corps de ballet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
This is the second Royal Ballet Giselle to appear on the Opus Arte label and, like the much admired predecessor, this new disc offers both excellent camera work and truthful depth of colour. In terms of sound it offers a considerable advance on the earlier recording which was not of Opus Arte's finest. The earlier disc nevertheless offers an outstanding performance by all concerned which is now matched by this new account which received glowing first performance press reviews without exception.

There are other similarities: Both offer Peter Wright's vision as producer, both have the same choreography, original lighting, designs, scenario, orchestra and conductor. The main focus where they differ is in the choice of cast, especially as regards the main characters of Giselle and Albrecht.

Natalia Osipova makes an inspired choice as Giselle combining a remarkable technical assurance with inspired acting skills which enable her to portray Giselle as the naïve country girl fallen victim to Albrecht's wiles. Her collapse is portrayed as the result of shock resulting from being unable to comprehend how it is possible for someone who loves her to so lie to her. There is no suggestion of madness or unhinged behaviour which makes her far easier to empathise with.

Acosta portrays Albrecht as having a trivial fling initially but transforming into a caring relationship eventually, but far too late of course. This is a more conventional interpretation and he, like Osipova, has all the technical and artistic skill to deliver fully and be fully supportive of Giselle as a dance partner. It is clear that a close stage bond has been forged between the pair.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Natalia Osipova is possibly the finest exponent of Giselle today. Her performance at Covent Garden in Peter Wright’s production for the Royal Ballet, which was staged with care and aplomb by Christopher Carr, was an astonishing interpretation both in terms of technique and artistry. A memorable moment is as she floats through the air in Act 11 like ethereal gossamer. Fortunately this outstanding performance has been recorded on DVD in High Definition and true Surround Sound on the Opus Arte label reference OA 1144D.

The DVD is worth getting, if or no other reason, for her performance partnered by an unselfish Carlos Acosta as Albrecht.
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