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The Art of Roberto Bolle DVD Set

This set of three films provides an outstanding showcase for the artistry of dancer Roberto Bolle, a ballet star of our own time. For the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia was restored to the splendour of its elegant and opulent three-act form. Casting Bolle as Aminta alongside Darcey Bussell in the title role, this is a wonderful showcase for virtuosity, invention and classical beauty. By contrast Roland Petit’s Notre-Dame de Paris exudes modernity, with its cool choreography and chic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent. Here Bolle’s tragic Quasimodo, by turns fierce and tender, dances opposite Natalia Osipova as Esmeralda. In a second production from La Scala, the Ballet Corp’s traditional Grand Gala aligns with Milan’s tenure as host city of EXPO 2015, and Roberto Bolle, as one of La Scala’s étoiles, plays a central role in the stunning programme of excerpts. He performs the pas de deux from yet another Petit masterwork, dancing Don José to Polina Semionova’s Carmen, along with the mesmerizing contemporary solo Prototype.

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Sylvia (The Royal Ballet)
Sylvia: Darcey Bussell
Aminta: Roberto Bolle
Orion: Thiago Soares
Eros: Martin Harvey
Diana: Mara Galeazzi

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Graham Bond
Director: Frederick Ashton
Composer: Léo Delibes

Notre-Dame de Paris (Teatro alla Scala Ballet)
Esmeralda: Natalia Osipova
Quasimodo: Roberto Bolle
Phoebus: Eris Nezha
Frollo: Mick Zeni
Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala
Conductor: Paul Connelly
Choreographer: Roland Petit
Composer: Maurice Jarre

Gala des Étoiles (Teatro alla Scala Ballet)
Featuring performances by Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru, Nicoletta Manni, Claudio Coviello, Mick Zeni, Maria Eichwald, Mellisa Hamilton, Lucia Lacarra, Polina Seminova and more
Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala
Conductor: David Coleman

Extras: Sylvia introduced by Darcey Bussell; Behind the curtain of Notre-Dame de Paris; Illustrated synopsis for Sylvia; Cast Galleries

Picture: 16:9
Region code: All Regions
Format: NTSC
Subtitles: Sylvia extras FR/DE/ES/IT Notre-Dame extras EN
Sound: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround
Duration: 355 mins

“[Darcey Bussell] dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle who also displays some soaring elevation as the shepherd Aminta.” (The Stage - Sylvia)

"As for Bolle, it's got to be hard enough to dance most of a two-hour ballet with one shoulder hunched up to your ear, much less to elicit compassion for a character who is (in this telling) underdeveloped. Yet he manages to instill Quasimodo with a tragic air that is both fierce and tender." (arts.heraldtribune.com – Notre-Dame)

“This was a dazzling night of dance, a grand ‘Gala of stars’ indeed." (Sydney Arts Guide – Gala des Étoiles)