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La Bayadère Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet) 2018

Natalia Makarova's acclaimed production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Featuring opulent sets by Pier Luigi Samaritani and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, it stars Marianela Nuñez as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Vadim Muntagirov as Solor, and Natalia Osipova as Gamzatti, whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya.

The Kingdom of the Shades scene in Act II is one of the ballet's highlights, in which a series of arabesques across the moonlit stage demonstrates the strength of the corps de ballet and the beauty of Marius Petipa's choreography. The ballet also contains roles of very different styles for two ballerinas in Nikiya and Gamzatti, a spectacular virtuoso solo for the Bronze Idol (Alexander Campbell), and stunning pas de deux for Solor with both Nikiya and Gamzatti. 

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Nikiya: Marianela Nuñez
Solor: Vadim Muntagirov
Gamzatti: Natalia Osipova
The High Brahmin: Gary Avis
Rajah: Christopher Saunders
Three Shades: Yuhui Choe, Yasmine Naghdi, Akane Takada
The Bronze Idol: Alexander Campbell
Artists of The Royal Ballet 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Choreography: Natalia Makarova, after Marius Petipa
Set Designs: Pier Luigi Samaritani
Costume Designs: Yolanda Sonnabend
Composer: Ludwig Minkus

Plus: Introduction to La Bayadère; Dancing The Kingdom of Shades; Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Format: Blu-ray
Region code: 0 (worldwide) 
Duration: 137 mins
Subtitles (extra features only): EN, FR, DE, JP, KO

...a ridiculously enjoyable night at the ballet." The Telegraph

"[Marianela Nuñez] gives us steely control, serene musical phrasing and a lustrous classical line. Marius Petipa created the ballet in St Petersburg in 1877, but Nuñez gives his choreography a new-minted gleam, projecting every nuance of her character’s emotions to the furthest reaches of the auditorium." The Observer

"Osipova, meanwhile, is clearly relishing the chance to play bad — her jumps are (if possible) even bigger, her fouettés even more dazzling. And all with a malevolent glint in her eye." Evening Standard

"This La Bayadère is a true company achievement—with shining turns from all the soloists and a strikingly dynamic orchestral performance under conductor Boris Gruzin." Gramophone