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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.
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on 13 February 2011
It has it all. Great sets, great costumes, great emotions and above all great, superb dancing.

The plot is known to all but I would say that this version is complete, with the destruction of the temple in the final act. This is Makarova's production and recovers the original idea for this classic ballet.

Marianela Nuñez is a fantastic Gamzatti, Carlos Acosta is a brilliant Solor, José Martín is a wonderful Golden Idol (what a precision he has!) and the rest of the cast is wonderful as is the corps de ballet.

The star of this production is, and very well deserved, Tamara Rojo as Nikiya. She dances sensually on the first act as the alive Nikiya and in the second act she's simply an angel as Nikiya's ghost/soul: all purity and brightness. Her face and body tell you the feelings involved without even knowing the plot.

Just a very minor thing: the shades are slightly unsynchronized once or twice but they recover position soon so it's not a break of the atmosphere created.

I also have the Nureyev's version filmed in Paris but if you just want one Bayadere then THIS IS THE ONE. You won't regret it.

As a bonus, the blue-ray comes with a very interesting interview with Rojo and some of the cast as well as some rehearsals footage.

And obviously the picture and sound quality are top notch.
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on 21 February 2013
First of all, I adore Carlos Acosta. My sole reason for purchasing this DVD.
imho the production of the Paris Opera Ballet is better because of the decor.
However, it lacks Carlos Acosta!!!!!!!
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on 24 April 2014
Royal Ballet Company are second to none and Acosta defies description. Tamara Rojo is stunning. The ballet combines ethereal beauty with great passion. Might like to compare with Nureyev's performance??
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on 16 August 2014
Just love Darsy Bussel
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on 28 February 2013
Un excellent enregistrement d'une excellente troupe. Les images sont somptueuses et susceptibles de rallier des personnes peu familières avec les conventions du ballet classique. Attention au réglage son. Ce n'est pas du Dolby 5.1 mais du DTS. Si on n'y prend pas garde, on peut se retrouver avec un son platement stéréo ce qui m'est arrivé à la première audition. Du coup je l'ai projeté une seconde fois le lendemain. En mode DTS 5.1 et avec un écran de projection, l'impression d'être DANS Covent Garden est super! On n'est pas encore tout à fait au niveau "téléprésence" mais c'est pas loin! On peu regretter qu'une version BluRay ne soit pas offerte mais la version DVD reste très acceptable et, soyons honnête, il n'est pas sûr qu'une plus grande résolution soit à l'avantage du ballet, un spectacle qui demeure, rappelons-le, un art sonore et visuel fait pour être vu d'une certaine distance. A ce propos, il y a dans ce film des plans rapprochés et même des gros plans. Certains trouvent cela détestable mais je n'ai pas eu l'impression d'être privé de vues d'ensemble importantes par ces plans différents. Je crois que les choix du monteur ont été finalement judicieux et ont donné un produit qui, dans ce sens, est peut-être même supérieur à la présence en salle.
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on 17 February 2012
This DVD is excellent quality and most enjoyable would recommend to anyone. This performance by the Royal Ballet is the best I have experienced for this ballet.
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on 13 June 2013
Of course it's a great cast, Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta and all the Royal ballet dancers.
Well filmed with extras too.
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on 6 July 2014
Bought as a present. The picture and sound quality are excellent. The recipient tells me the dancing is very good.
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on 9 April 2015
seen live at ROH, London - loved it there and love it on DVD. Excellent production and filming.
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