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  • Format: Classical, Colour, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KLGLVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,884 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle star in Frederick Ashton's Sylvia, restored to the splendour of its elegant and opulent three-act form for the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Royal Ballet. Taken from Greek mythology, it tells the story of Sylvia, loved by Aminta, abducted by Orion and eventually rescued by Eros. Ashton was inspired by the music of Léo Delibes to create such great choreographic sequences as the famous Act 3 pas de deux and the mischievous role of Eros, one of the delightful, darkly comic characterisations for which Ashton became known and loved. Sylvia is a wonderful showcase for virtuosity, invention and classical beauty, the epitome of Ashton style in stage settings of great detail and painterly perfection.

Press Reviews

"[Darcey Bussell] dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle who also displays some soaring elevation as the shepherd Aminta. Mara Galeazzi has developed into an accomplished performer and shines as Diana with Martin Harvey providing a superb and mischievous Eros. It is gorgeous - do not miss it." (The Stage)
"This DVD, the first released since Opus Arte came under Royal Opera House control, shows the Royal Ballet at the top of its current form. Well, perhaps not quite current since Darcey Bussell has since retired from the stage. She makes an imperious huntress and a commanding Bacchante once held captive by the powerful, exotic Orion of Thiago Soares." (BBC Music Magazine)
Cast
Darcey Bussell (Sylvia)
Roberto Bolle (Aminta)
Thiago Soares (Orion)
Martin Harvey (Eros)
Mara Galeazzi (Diana)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Graham Bond

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Catalogue Number: OABD7047D
Date of Performance: 2005
Running Time: 117 minutes
Sound: 2.0 PCM & 5.1 DTS
Aspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Subtitles: FR, DE, ES, IT
Label: Opus Arte

Review

'[Darcey Bussell] dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle who also displays some soaring elevation as the shepherd Aminta. Mara Galeazzi has developed into an accomplished performer and shines as Diana with Martin Harvey providing a superb and mischievous Eros. It is gorgeous - do not miss it.' --The Stage

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Delibes: Sylvia [Blu-ray] [2009]

The producer Christopher Newton reconstructed the mainly lost choreography of Frederick Ashton's original 1952 masterpiece from memory and an old black and white silent film.

Delibes classical three act ballet tells the story of Sylvia (Darcey Bussell) a follower of the Goddess Diana and has therefore foreswore love. However she is tricked into loving Adminta (Roberto Bolle) by a mischievous Eros (Martin Harvery) and then abducted by Orion (Thiago Soares).

The stage sets are quite beautiful including a fantastical boat for Eros.

Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle dance exquisitely with many memorable moments in their solos and duets. Thiago Soares is a virile and suitably villainous Orion, and Martin Harvey a delightfully devious Eros. Maria Galeazzi makes an impressive appearance in the short role of Diana.

Sylvia is a ballet with real drama, and the dancers act very well in this production.

There have been a number of very fine Blu Ray ballet discs recently, Jewels, Tchaikovsky Gala, Midsummer Nights Dream and Stravinsky and the Ballet Russe, and this arguably the best.

I think it is the stage lighting combined with an absolutely exceptional 1080i recording the gives this ballet an almost 3D quality as it glows on the screen.

An absolute must have.
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By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2012
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This performance of Frederick Ashton's Sylvia ballet formed part of the Royal Ballet's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2005. This production is a full restoration of Ashton's full 3 Act ballet produced originally in 1952. The settings and costumes can only be described as opulent and the choreography has all the elegance and humour that can be expected of Ashton's work at its very best.

The story is based on a Greek legend and tells of the amorous adventures of Syvia involving the conflicting desires of the shepherd Arminta, Orion, Eros and Diana. The Corps de Ballet fulfil the roles of Sylvia's hunting companions and her attendants plus Orion's concubines. The men have active roles in all of this with character parts beyond merely supporting the various ballerinas. This all adds up to an engaging variety and a veritable feast for the eyes.

The star roles of Sylvia and Aminta are taken by Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle. Orion is portrayed by Thiago Soares, Eros by Martin Harvey and Diana by Mara Galeazzi and all of them dance their roles to perfection and with evident relish. The supporting Corps de Ballet are also excellent and a special word ought to be made for the effective roles of Orion's concubines and attendants in Act 2. Les Chasseresses in Act 1 are also women to be reckoned with!

The recording is well up to the high standards of Opus Arte with clear and detailed camera work giving a nice balance between close and panoramic shots. The sound excellently reveals the quality of the orchestra in PCM 5.1 and stereo. There is the option to watch a detailed description of each act illustrated and related by Darcey Bussell prior to each act. This is an alternative option to watching her 20 minute documentary as an extra feature.
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This is classical ballet at its best. First class dancing by all, particularly the lovely Darcey Bussell - I'm a fan of this beautiful dancer. The sets and costumes are great just as is the music. The extras relate that the choreography for this production, originally created by Frederick Ashton in the 1950's was nearly lost but was revived for this production. Some of the dancing is spectacular and is accompanied by the familiar Delibes music. I would only give it a rating of 4.5/5 for video as it is slightly on the soft side of Blu Ray capabilities but that is not a real distraction. The BD audio is fine and the extras are interesting and best viewed first.

Overall recommended without reservation.

John
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This ballet should be much more popular than it is! The music is divine and must have been an incredibly useful blue-print for Tchaikovsky - especially the Nutcracker.The sound is spectacular, but the picture very slightly less so.Better than standard DVD but not quite "state of the art" blu-ray.
The dancing of the principals really is excellent,although Darcy Bussell tends to dominate Roberto Bolle - a matter of relative size.The corps de ballet is adequate without being too exciting but they do wobble a bit from time to time.
A worthwhile addition to any Blu-ray collection!!
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I updated my standard definition perfomance. Opus Art and the Royal Opera House are torcbearers for excellence into the second decade of this century. This is just a whisper away from a live performance. Perfect! A must!
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Ashton’s brilliant choreography, revived by Christopher Newton and Delibes’ expressive music combine to make a charming evening out. This homage to the 19th-century French ballet style is a light hearted mythological story of a nymph captured by huntsman and restored by Eros to her true lover. It is an excuse for some inventive, romantic and dazzling decorative dances, both solos and handsomely crafted groups. Peter Farmer tastefully developed the original attractive Second Empire designs of Robin and Christopher Ironside to provide sumptuous sets and costumes.

Some may claim that none quite match Fonteyn’s playful musicality when the ballet was created on her in 1952. But it is wrong to compare artists with each other, which is why dance awards are invidious. Today’s dancers provide a technical brilliance with a satisfying emotional appeal.

In the complex title role Darcey Bussell, who announced her partial retirement move from principal dancer to guest artist earlier this season, is persuasive as the proud nymph as well as tenderly showing the first awakenings of love. With her thrilling long extended legs, flirty, flying elevation and speedy articulate footwork she is still in her prime. She dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle who also displays some soaring elevation as the shepherd Aminta. Mara Galeazzi has developed into an accomplished performer and shines as Diana with Martin Harvey providing a superb and mischievous Eros. It is gorgeous - do not miss it..
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