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Delibes: Coppelia [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Dorothée Gilbert, Mathias Heymann, José Martinez, Fabrice Bourgeois, The Paris Opera Corps de Ballet
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: OPUS ARTE
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LVEFTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,823 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Premiered by the Opera De Paris in 1870, and inspired by the fantastical writings of E.T.A. Hoffmann, Coppélia tells the story of a young man who becomes besotted with an exquisite automaton and is finally brought to his senses by his fiancée. In their production from the magnificent Palais Garnier, choreographer Patrice Bart in his final production and designer Ezio Toffolutti explore the storys darker side while doing full justice to the exuberance and elegance of Delibes glorious score.

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The Paris Opera orchestra played sensuously for the conductor, Koen Kessels...costumes were extremely attractive, set theatrically striking. The dancers were models of self-presentation --New York Times

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
This is a first class production of the traditional setting of a much-loved ballet with all the music as expected by Delibes. This apparently unnecessary information is important as there is now a tempting newer version of this ballet by the Paris Ballet on the same label BUT it is not the same at all as, although it has the same title, the music is not the same neither is the story nor choreography.

So if you want the traditional story with traditional choreography as by Ninette de Valois and with the original music by Delibes this Royal ballet version is the version to consider.

The dancing is uniformly excellent - I would call it outstanding, with sharp and humorous characterisation by the young Acosta who oozes good-humoured pleasantness and is partnered by Leanne Benjamin as a likeable and feisty Swanilda plus Luke Heydon as the crusty and somewhat crafty Dr. Coppelius. The whole corps de ballet are faultless in preserving the good humour of this production with excellent ensemble work. The production moves swiftly and has considerable sparkle as a result. Regardless of how many times the performers have performed this ballet there is an unmistakable and deeply rewarding sense of spontaneity about the whole presentation. Throughout it is possible to hear the audience's delighted responses caught by the microphones and they are right to be delighted!

The costumes and staging are traditional and give a brightly sumptuous period feel and the whole effect is totally charming and believable within the context of a rather imaginary creation! The orchestral contribution is well-led by the conductor and is both vivacious and tender as appropriate.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Philip Watts on 13 May 2010
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The Royal Ballet's revival of Ninette de Valois' 1950s production of Delibes' comic masterpiece is well served in this excellent DVD. The performances all round are vigorous and joyful with the corps and soloists dancing with verve and precision in the national and ensemble numbers and the spirit of youthful zest sustained throughout. The central pairing of Acosta and Benjamin is a joy; both dancing with apparent effortlessness and seamlessly combining absorbing characterisation with technical bravaura. The production brings out all the nuanaces of the story: humour, pathos, tenderness and sheer joie de vivre. Enjoy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Francis on 26 Jun. 2012
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This is a tale simply and beautifully told. Leanne Benjamin is an exquisite dancer. This is a 2000 recording and therefore a smaller format but it is preferable to the Blu-ray version by the Ballet of the Opera National de Paris which they have turned into a confused mystical story. This version was filmed on the re-opening of the Royal Opera House after the major restorations had been completed and they take you back stage and which is very interesting. I recommend this to anyone who loves a light hearted and delighted story to beautiful music
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FassbenderFan on 8 May 2013
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Arrived on time and in excellent condition. Played without a problem.

I was fortunate enough to see this performance at the Royal Opera House and enjoyed it very much. I had good seats but not the best and this DVD allows me to see things I missed. Coppelia is a light hearted ballet with a wonderful, well-known score and bright costumes, sure to catch the attention of a first time viewer and keep them interested. The story is easy to follow and the companion booklet gives further background information.

A must for fans of Carlos Acosta and Leanne Benjamin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cliff d. on 6 Mar. 2013
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a very satisfying, beautiful production of a popular ballet,l think the best I have ever seen either live or recorded,flawlessly danced and filmed,and of course the orchestra was bang on form.yes I would wholeheartedly recommend this disc. c.c.d
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY on 9 Nov. 2011
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Patrice Bart has made a career out of recasting traditional ballets(among other activities). His Swan Lake and Nutcracker are among my favorites. He tends to make these ballets more interesting to contemporary audiences by making the storyline more appealing to adults as well as infusing the ballets with more dancing by both men and women, correcting many of the historical imbalances. This activity is not as intrusive as some might think, since ballets have always been modified frequently throughout the centuries. Even Petipa was constantly altering his work. This is due, in part, to the complexity of the ballet medium, involving collaborations with many artists. It is never under the control of a single artist, putting it in contrast to some extent with musical composition.
Bart has created a real masterpiece with this version of Coppelia! While it still maintains its comical nature, he has also added a greater romantic, and at time, bittersweet component. This is an entirely classical ballet version; there is not a trace of modernity. First of all, to avoid confusion, let me point out that there is the addition of one main character who serves as competition to the love interest between Swanilda and Frantz. But the automaton builder is here called "Spalanzani" and the new love interest is "Coppelius", so we have a kind of "musical chairs" as far as the names of the characters goes. But just keep in mind that the new love interest is called "Coppelius". The storyline here is definitely more robust, if not more confusing, but part of that confusion is that this is all new to us. It actually makes more sense than the idea of old Dr. Coppelius building a girl automaton to keep him company.
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