Giselle remains one of the most popular Romantic ballets of all time. The story brings together an engaging mix of human passions, supernatural forces, and the transcendent power of self-sacrificing love. The production by Sir Peter Wright catches the atmosphere of this great Romantic ballet, especially in the perfection of its White Act, with ghostly maidens drifting through the forest in spectacular patterns – one of the most famous of any scenes for the corps de ballet. Giselle dances with lightness and fragility, giving the impression of floating through the mist. This is one of The Royal Ballet’s most loved and admired productions, faithful to the spirit of the 1841 original yet always fresh at each revival. This performance features former Bolshoi star and now Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova in a breath-taking interpretation of the title role.
Music: Adolphe Adam Giselle: Natalia Osipova Albrecht: Carlos Acosta Hilarion: Thomas Whitehead Wilfred: Johannes Stepanek Berthe: Deirdre Chapman The Duke: Christopher Saunders Bathilde: Christina Arestis Myrtha: Hikaru Kobayashi Moyna: Elizabeth Harrod Zulme: Akane Takada
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Boris Gruzin Concert Master: Peter Manning Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot Scenario: Théophile Gautier after Heinrich Heine Production and additional choreography: Peter Wright Designs: John Macfarlane Original lighting: Jennifer Tipton recreated by David Finn Staging: Christopher Carr
Plus: The Romance of Giselle / The Corps de ballet in Giselle and a cast gallery.
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A stunning performance by Natalia Osipova since in the first act she looks vulnerable and in the second, a ghost. The forgiveness shown by her for Albrecht is very tangible. The dancing by both principals is of the highest quality and it is backed up by a well rehearsed and disciplined corps de ballet.. This has been a disc of mine to treasure since it has been played sevaral times.
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