Paris Opera Ballet Box Set

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Paris Opera Ballet Box Set
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Paris Opera Ballet Box Set

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Catalogue # OA1068BD

Bringing together four seminal works, this attractive collection offers a perfect introduction to the world’s oldest national ballet company.

Extras

Jewels: Documentary George Balanchine Forever

Camélias: Illustrated synopsis · Cast gallery

Documentary Flashback on Lady of the Camellias

Cinderella: Cast gallery · Illustrated synopsis · Documentary

Cinderella goes Hollywood

Swan Lake: Illustrated synopsis · Cast gallery
Running time 11 hours 13 mins approx
Region Code All regions
Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Menu languages EN

Jewels

This alluring, abstract ballet, a triptych in which each piece sparkles with the brilliance of a precious stone, is a lyric tribute to women and to the cities of the great dance schools. Couturier, painter and craftsman Christian Lacroix created the glorious costumes and sets which, together with the outstanding performances of the dancers and the sensitive musical direction of Paul Connelly, result in a celebration of sumptuous splendour.

Aurélie Dupont, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Agnès Letestu, Clairemarie Osta, Laëtitia Pujol, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Kader Belarbi & Mathieu Ganio

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) & Annabel Arden (director)

Chopin: La Dame aux camélias

Based on the novel that also inspired the stories of Verdi’s La Traviata and Hollywood’s Moulin Rouge, Neumeier has created a riveting dance drama which unfolds ingeniously through love, passion and danger. Chopin’s ravishing music combines with the lavish production, filmed live at the Palais Garnier.

Agnès Letestu, Stéphane Bullion, Dorothée Gilbert, Delphine Moussin, José Martinez, Eve Grinsztajn, Karl Paquette

Michael Schmidtsdorff (conductor) & John Neumeier (stage director)

Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Rudolf Nureyev’s colourful, “movie-star” production retains the classic Perrault story but sets it in America during the difficult years of the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s. Agnès Letestu stars as Cinderella who, living with her alcoholic father, tyrannical stepmother and two spiteful stepsisters, dreams of escape and stardom in Hollywood. Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev.

Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Laëtitia Pujol & Wilfried Romoli
Koen Kessels

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Agnès Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, and José Martinez, a convincing, pale, vulnerable prince Siegfried, are the stars of this deeply passionate, ‘dream’ version of Swan Lake. Rudolf Nureyev’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical ballet, far from being a clichéd stereotype of this celebrated masterpiece, is an exposé of astonishingly powerful and recognisable human emotions. Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev.

Agnès Letestu, José Martinez & Karl Paquette
Vello Pähn

The Paris Opera Ballet & Orchestra of The Opera National de Paris

DVD - 6 discs

Review

I feel sometimes that OpusArte likes to spoil classical lovers around the world with some of their releases on DVD being sumptuous performances that excite even the most cynical of person. After their massive Opera box set last year, we have now a Ballet box set, from the Opera National de Paris. Four DVDs use music, costumes, choreography and sometimes even silence to weave fairytale ballets into brilliant productions. It’s a long way to go to Paris just to see ballet, and so I’m thrilled that OpusArte insist on bringing it to us.

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