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Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez are the lead dancers in the Royal Ballet's production of Marius Pepita's ballet, recorded live at London's Royal Opera House in January 2009.

Starring:
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Marianela Nunez
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Product Details

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Starring The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Marianela Nunez, Tamara Rojo, Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta, The Royal Ballet
Rental release 31 January 2011
Main languages English

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jan 2011
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I have the excellent Paris Opera Ballet version of La Bayadere but that recording was filmed prior to HD and the picture quality suffers accordingly. The subsequent Blu-ray version is only marginally better. However, this new Royal Ballet production is absolutely stunning, both in recording quality and from an artistic perspective. The colours of the costumes are absolutely sumptuous, with a pin sharp picture and fabulous sound recording - as we have come to expect from Opus Arte productions.

Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nunez - a dream cast! They are all fabulous including all the supporting artists. They are all so good and I especially enjoyed Jose Martin who gave a stunning performance as the Bronze Idol in the final act - (see Cover picture). This is quite a lavish production and there are impressive set designs and staging in the final act in the Temple. The destruction of the Temple is effectively conveyed by interesting lighting effects - although perhaps a warning should be included for the strobe/flashing lighting!

An interesting booklet accompanies the dvd and the production also includes a number of interesting extras, all of which are presented in high definition. The disc has a user-friendly menu system and there are a total of 52 chapters. Another useful feature is a very helpful précis synopsis that introduces every scene. Altogether, I would thoroughly recommend this disc. Well done to everyone concerned in this glorious production!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Aitken VINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2011
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La Bayadere is a difficult Ballet to bring off. For many years the soviet version ended at the conclusion of the Kingdom of the Shades scene, excluding the final destruction of the temple. This production for the Royal Ballet by Natalia Makarova provides a complete telling of the story which sees some of the dancing, normally seen in the first act transposed to the final scene prior to the temple's destruction. Not everything works dramatically, and the final scene does not match the rest of the work in inventiveness. That said, superb dancing from the leading pair of Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta as Nikiya and Solor, sweep all before them. Rojo is quite splendid both in the sultry sensuous choreography of the first Act and the ethereal beauty of the second. She is ably partnered by Acosta who always seems to be dramatically attuned when dancing with her. He is strong, virile and technically brilliant as the part demands, but seldom receives. Marianela Nunez is a fine Gamsatti, even though I cannot warm to her somewhat muted dramatic sense. The supporting cast is very good, notably Yuhui Choe as a solo Bayadere and Jose Martin as the Bronze idol. In spectacular HD picture and sound there is much to enjoy here. Extras include a voice only contribution from Makarova and an excellent interview with Rojo. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Nov 2011
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One of the outstanding glories of this Royal Ballet performance from 2009 lies in the quality of the solo and ensemble dancers. Both Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta, once more clearly demonstrating their mutual empathy, deliver star quality lead performances. The supporting roles are also strongly portrayed with Marianela Nunez as Gamzatti being especially noteworthy. The male line-up is also of high quality with Gary Avis, Christopher Saunders, Kenta Kura and Valeri Hristov. Genesia Rosato makes a good servant to Gamzatti.

The corps de ballet deliver a performance of style and poise which will give considerable pleasure to the majority of viewers

The costuming and staging of the production are both traditional in style and sumptuous in effect.

This actual recording was made over two nights in January 2009 and is a first class example of the benefits of modern HD definition. The quality of the imaging is of consistently high quality with a good blend of close and full stage shots enabling the viewer to enjoy panoramic ensemble dancing as well as detail of the soloists in particular. The resolution of the colour is also excellent and completely capable of displaying the lavish costumes even in reduced lighting. There is no trace of movement blur. The equally excellent sound is presented in both 5.1 DTS and stereo.

The fairly extensive 'bonus' features offer real insights relating to several features of both the ballet generally as well as to this particular production. These bonus items should offer interest to both new comers and to those with greater knowledge and experience.

The first bonus is in the form of a 9 minute interview with Tamara Rojo as regards the particular challenges involved in dancing this role.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. DONALD on 3 Mar 2011
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This production of the performance of La Bayadere,by The Royal Ballet, is splendid from the dance perspective. The performances of Acosta and the other leads is superb. However, if you wish to see a more spectacular production I would highly recommend the Paris Opera Ballet presentation, with choreography by Nureyev. It is a very much richer visual treat and has many extra dance sequences which add to the story and its development. BUT, the Royal Ballet production does included as a final ,and necessary conclusion, the union of the lovers. I do not understand why this finale is omitted from the Paris sequence.
In the end it is best if you can see BOTH these productions, each has its own qualities and values. Each is well worth seeing.
If only one I would say the Paris production.
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