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Giselle Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet) 2014


  • 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 

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, January 2014
    Plus: The Romance of Giselle / The Corps de ballet in Giselle and a cast gallery.

  • Picture: 16:9
    Format: Bluray
    Sound: PCM 2.0 / 5.1 (5.0 DTS)
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 113 mins
    Year: 2014