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  • Actors: Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez, Tamara Rojo, Gary Avis, Christopher Saunders
  • Format: Classical, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DEKP0O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Marius Petipa's exotic ballet, set in legendary India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Natalia Makarova's sumptuous recreation of Petipa's choreography, with atmospheric sets by Pier Luigi Samaritini and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, stars Tamara Rojo as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solor, and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti whose alluring presence challenges Solor's love for Nikiya. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Press Reviews

"There wasn’t a single physical gesture that didn’t mean something, that didn’t speak of love trying and failing to blossom." (The Daily Telegraph)
"Overall, this is one of the best productions of a classical ballet that the ROH has ever staged or filmed." (Musicweb International)
Cast
Tamara Rojo (Nikiya)
Carlos Acosta (Solar)
Marianela Nuñez (Gamzatti)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Valeriy Ovsyanikov

Choreographer: Natalia Makarova
Catalogue Number: OABD7079D
Date of Performance: 2009
Running Time: 166 minutes
Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Aspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES
Label: Opus Arte

Review

There wasn't a single physical gesture that didn't mean something, that didn't speak of love trying and failing to blossom.' --The Daily Telegraph

The production is dramatic and romantic,and the costumes and sets suitably striking,creating a real visual feast on disc,supported well by a highly detailed,powerful orchestral sound,with just the right amount of audience ambience. It's all exotic and heady stuff and a delight to watch,with performances nicely tempered for the video close-up rather than the furthest row of the theatre. --Gramophone,Apr'11

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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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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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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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Beware of these reviews. Not a single review is based on this listed 1991 production, but instead are all based on the 2009 production. Its time that Amazon got there act together in placing reviews against the appropriate items.
I purchased this production for rare footage of Altynai Asylmuratova, Darcy Bussel and Irek Mukhamedov and was not disappointed, they are terrific. The picture quality is also excellent. The shades are not quite up to the standard of the other mentioned versions.
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