Carlos Acosta’s first venture directing one of ballet’s 19th-century classics was eagerly anticipated, as was his own starring role in the production (as Basilio), opposite the Argentinian Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez (Kitri). Packed cinemas for the live relay, as well as sold-out houses for his performances, testified to the draw the great Cuban dancer still exerts – and the audiences were not disappointed. Still built on Petipa’s original choreography, Acosta’s clear dramatic structure and vivid stage action gave the ‘boy gets girl despite her father’ story a more convincing air than usual, with Don Quixote’s parallel obsession with Dulcinea-Kitri coherently woven into the plot. Acosta’s and Nuñez’s performances were peerless, Tim Hatley’s stage designs vivid and apposite, and this production is surely destined to be a perennial Royal Ballet favourite.
Music: Ludwig Minkus Kitri: Marianela Nuñez Basilio: Carlos Acosta Don Quixote: Christopher Saunders Sancho Panza: Philip Mosley Espada: Ryoichi Hirano Mercedes: Laura Morera Gamache: Bennet Gartside Lorenzo: Gary Avis The Queen of the Dryads: Melissa Hamilton Amour: Elizabeth Harrod Dulcinea: Christina Arestis
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Martin Yates Co-Concert Master: Sergey Levitin Production and choreography: Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa Music: Ludwig Minkus arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates Director: Carlos Acosta Designs: Tim Hatley Lighting design: Hugh Vanstone
Plus: Interviews with cast and crew / Introductions to Act II and III
Picture: 16:9 Sound: DTS 2.0 / 5.1 (5.0 DTS Region code: 0 (worldwide) Duration: 125+12 mins Year: 2013
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