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.