The Royal Ballet at its Very Best.,
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Both picture and sound quality are very good in this high definition, surround sound Opus Arte recording of the 2009 Royal Opera House production of La Bayadere (the temple dancer) featuring Tamara Rojo as Nikiya (La Bayadere), Carlos Acosta as Solor and Marianela Nunez as Gamzatti, the rajah's daughter. This ballet is about how the warrior Solor is caught between his love for these two women, He starts off all right with Nikiya, but Gamzatti comes between them and he gravitates to her, which causes a tragic love triangle.
If you are a member of the general public who also happens to love ballet you will certainly very much enjoy watching this production. I'm no expert, but someone who just enjoys watching ballet and I think it's one of the best ballet productions ever. Some of the things that spoil a ballet for me are when I get the impression that the direction is too clever or when when a dancer in a lead role is playing to the audience rather than concentrating on interpreting the raison d'etre for the composition. But there's none of that kind of thing here.
The disc also includes, amongst other items, an interesting interview with two members of the corps de ballet. . One also senses a certain behind the scenes geniality among the performers and directors that is not always present in all ballet theatres. Here we have a supreme example of audience friendly presentation born of actor friendly direction. Highly recommended.