The Royal Opera House

Swan Lake DVD (The Royal Ballet)

This production, with designs by the late Leslie Hurry, stars Natalia Makarova as Odette/Odile and Anthony Dowell as Prince Siegfried. Prince Siegfried celebrates his 21st birthday; his mother tells him it is time to marry, but he prefers to go hunting. Alone by a lakeside, he sees a swan who turns into human form. She is an enchanted princess who can be saved only by true love. He promises this, but is tricked by the wicked magician who disguises his own daughter as the swan-maiden. In despair, Siegfried and the swan-maiden leap to death together and their sacrifice destroys the evil power.

Music: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Odette/Odile: Natalia Makarova 
Prince Siegfried: Anthony Dowell
Queen Mother: Gerd Larsen
Von Rothbart: Derek Rencher
The Tutor: Garry Grant 

Orchestra of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet
Conductor: Ashley Lawrence
Choreographers: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Additional Choreography: Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev
Designs: Leslie Hurry

Picture: 4:3
Sound: DD 2.0 Stereo
Format: NTSC
Region code: 2–5 (this DVD will not play in the USA)
Duration: 137 mins
Year: 1982