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Ballet Spectacular [Acosta; Benjamin; Cojocaru] [OPUS ARTE: DVD] [2015] [NTSC]

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Works:
Adam: Giselle (2006)

Alina Cojocaru (Giselle); Johan Kobborg (Count Albrecht); Marianela Nuñez (Myrtha (Queen of the Wilis)); Martin Harvey (Hilarion); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Boris Gruzin



Hérold: La fille mal gardée (2005)

Marianela Nuñez (Lise); Carlos Acosta (Colas); William Tuckett (Simone); Jonathan Howells (Alain); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Anthony Twiner



Delibes: Coppélia (2000)
Leanne Benjamin (Swanilda); Carlos Acosta (Franz); Luke Heydon (Doctor Coppélius); Leana Palmer (Coppélia); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Nicolae Moldaveano

Press Reviews

"Leanne Benjamin's Swanhilda has much charm and the Cuban, Carlos Acosta, brings the appropriate ardour, grace and virtuosity to the role of Franz, while Luke Heydon's Dr. Coppélius is exemplary. There is first-class dancing from the Corps and lively, well-paced orchestral playing under Nicolae Moldoveaunu." (The Penguin Guide - Coppelia)
"Now we have this sparkling Ballet on DVD, beautifully filmed and with first class orchestral sound, richly played …fabulously entertaining...Bouyant performances." (San Francisco Chronicle - Coppelia)
"Cojocaru's interpretation, everyone seems to agree, is one of the greatest of all time, and she continues to refine it with every performance...One of the things which makes Cojocaru so poignant in this role is a quality that one senses in the dancer herself. Something in the emotional charge of her performances, some fragility beneath the ballerina steel, emphasises the ephemeral nature of the art form. It reminds us that we must seize the day." (The Observer - Giselle)
"The Royal Ballet's recent triumphs continue with this exquisite Giselle. Beguiling actress-dancer Alina Cojocaru embraces both Act I's sweet rural girl and the tragic ghost of Act II." (BBC Music Magazine - Giselle ★★★★)
"La fille mal gardée is sheer perfection. Nuñez and Acosta are unsurpassable respectively in the feminine grace and masculine confidence of Ashton's Lise and Colas, and their mimetic skills are delicious." (BBC Music Magazine - La fille mal gardee ★★★★)
"The Royal Ballet's present revival makes much of its vigorous characters, its brilliantly virtuosic solos and duets...[Marianela Nuñez] gives the swift, intricate footwork as gorgeously as I have ever seen it...Nunez is an excellent match for Carlos Acosta's whizzing solos and his cheerful eagerness as her admirer Colas..Altogether, a terrific show." (The Stage - La fille mal gardee)
Cast
Carlos Acosta (Colas [La fille]; Franz [Coppelia])
Alina Cojocaru (Giselle [Giselle])
Marianela Nuñez (Queen of the Wilis [Giselle]; Lise [La fille])
Johan Kobborg (Count Albrecht [Giselle])
Leanne Benjamin (Swanilda [Coppelia])
William Tuckett (Widow Simone [La fille])
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Boris Gruzin; Anthony Twiner; Nicolae Moldoveanu

Television Director: Ross MacGibbon
Choreographer: Peter Wright; Dame Ninette de Valois; Frederick Ashton
Catalogue Number: OA1182BD
Date of Performance: 2000, 2005, 2006
Running Time: 377 minutes
Sound: Coppelia (Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo); La fille mal gardee (LPCM Stereo; 5.1 Surround Sound); Giselle (2.0 PCM & 5.0 DTS)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: Extra features only: Giselle (French, German, Spanish, Italian); La fille (French, German, Spanish, Italian)
Label: Opus Arte

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