The Royal Opera House

La Fille mal gardée ICA DVD

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored. 

With its whimsical, bittersweet and humorous choreography, Sir Frederick Ashton's production of Hérold's captivating ballet La Fille mal gardée has established itself as a classic. This DVD features the cast of the premiere performance of Ashton's Fille, brought together again for a BBC taping which is released here for the first time. Nadia Nerina and David Blair demonstrate utter mastery of the roles of Lise and Colas, while Stanley Holden is hilarious as Widow Simone.

Music:Ferdinand Hérold
arr:John Lanchbery
Designs:Osbert Lancaster
Lise:Nadia Nerina
Colas: David Blair
Widow Simone: Stanley Holden
Alain: Alexander Grant
Thomas: Leslie Edwards
A Notary: Franklin White 

The Royal Ballet
The Covent Garden Orchestra
Conductor: John Lanchbery

Picture: 4:3
Sound: Enhanced Mono
Region code: 0
Format: NTSC
Running Time: 90:37 mins
Year:1962
A BBC recording