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Swan Lake DVD (The Royal Ballet) 2015

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.

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 PCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 180 mins
Year: 2015

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