This magnificent Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake is an unforgettable experience. Anthony Dowell’s interpretation of Petipa and Ivanov’s 1895 St Petersburg version set a standard and style that made it a ‘yardstick for others’ (New York Times). Wonderful choreography for the entire company includes the coveted double role of the gentle and vulnerable swan queen Odette and her predatory alter ego, the black swan Odile. It is a challenge relished by principal ballerinas, and is danced here in a spellbinding performance by Natalia Osipova, partnered by Matthew Golding as a powerful and empathetic Prince Siegfried. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score shines, given the full force of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Boris Gruzin, and Yolanda Sonnabend’s detailed, Fabergé-inspired designs evoke the atmosphere of Imperial Russia in the era of the ballet's creation.
Music: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Odette/Odile: Natalia Osipova
Prince Siegfried: Matthew Golding
The Princess: Elizabeth McGorian
An Evil Spirit: Gary Avis
The Tutor: Alastair Marriott
Benno: Ryoichi Hirano
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Set Design: Yolanda Sonnabend
Choreography: Marius Petipa / Lev Ivanov
Additional Choreography: Frederick Ashton, David Bintley
Extra features: Introduction with Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding / Anthony Dowell in conversation with Darcey Bussell /Coaching Swan Lake and a cast gallery.
Sound: 2.0 PCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Running Time: 180 mins
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A BLU-RAY DISC AND WILL NOT PLAY IN A STANDARD DVD PLAYER
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Natalia certainly is the power dancer of this generation and watching her dance is always a privilege. I adore this DVD and never get tired of watching it.
What a fantastic performance. There are not enough superlatives to describe Natalia Osipova who is without doubt the dancer of her generation. Matthew Golding proved a sensitive and accomplished partner, and his bravura technique was shown to full advantage in his Act 3 solos. Kudos also to Gary Avis and Elizabeth McGorian for giving such depth to their roles.
We saw this cast both in the theatre and again at the live screening at our local cinema and are thrilled the ROH have released the DVD. We can now relive the experience at leisure, and will do so many times. Buy it!
- reviewed on 26/06/2015 by ROH Shop
Dear Jan, Thank you for your review and sorry to hear you can't play the blu-ray you ordered. Please return it to us in good order and we can exchange it for a DVD. Hope this helps.
Kind regards, Helen ROH Shop
I took my 6 year old granddaughter to see this performance at the movie theatre. We were both enthralled by the beauty of it. As a keepsake I ordered her a copy of the performance, however unfortunately I ordered the Blu-ray version when I should have ordered the DVD version so we will just have to use our memories for this fabulous performance.
I love this production. Osipova is incredible in both roles. She taps into the vulnerability of Odette and is seductive as Odile. Matthew Golding is a great Siegfried and they partner each other very well. I will be watching this often!!
We very much enjoyed the Swan Lake Blu Ray disc. Natalia Osipova is in a class of her own and we never get tired of seeing her perform. She is well supported by Matthew Golding. Our only slight disappointment is that some of the scenes are a bit dark and could have been better if the lighting was a bit brighter. I would still highly recommend this disc