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Giselle Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet) 2016

The quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle has remained a cornerstone of the classical repertory since its premiere in 1841. Peter Wright’s landmark production for The Royal Ballet does full justice to the work’s emotional and atmospheric power, with John Macfarlane’s designs beautifully capturing the contrast between the human and supernatural worlds. Giselle is one of the most challenging and demanding roles in the repertory and has always been a showcase for exceptional ballerinas. With Marianela Nuñez’s ‘absolute mastery’ of the choreography, she and her Albrecht, Vadim Muntagirov, are ‘technically thrilling’ (The Guardian).

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Giselle: Marianela Nuñez
Count Albrecht: Vadim Muntagirov
Hilarion: Bennet Gartside
Wilfred: Johannes Stepanek
Berthe: Elizabeth McGorian
The Duke of Courland: Gary Avis
Bathilde: Christina Arestis
Myrtha: Itziar Mendizabal
Moyna: Olivia Cowley
Zulme: Beatriz Stix-Brunell
Artists of The Royal Ballet

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Production: Peter Wright
Designs: John Macfarlane

Plus: Introduction to Giselle with Peter Wright and the artists; Exploring Mime; Working Together

Picture: 16:9
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Atmos
Region code: All Regions
Format: Blu-ray
Running Time: 115 mins
Year: 2016


"If the acting is superb, it’s given real authority by the dancing. Muntagirov and Nuñez are technically thrilling; she, at her finest moments, can combine an absolute mastery of the choreography, with the illusion that she’s dancing it for the first time."
 The Guardian

"Marianela Nuñez poignantly merged formidable technique and dramatic interpretation in a radiant portrait of a fragile – somewhat naïve – young girl with delicate feminine grace but also a streak of fatalism... Hers was a performance of haunting – and totally captivating – otherworldliness. Once again it was an exceptional ensemble performance with everyone knowing why they were on stage and totally ‘switched on’ and in character, whether it was as a peasant in the furthest background or as a Wili." Seen and Heard International

"Peter Wright’s version of Giselle is one of the jewels in the Royal Ballet’s crown. Created in 1985 (after the 1841 original), but further polished by both him and designer Jonathan Macfarlane in 2011, it looks ravishing and lets the story unfold with complete clarity. Add Adolphe Adam’s charming score, exquisite choreography and – in Giselle herself – one of the greatest ballerina roles of all, and you have, in short, a production to cherish." The Daily Telegraph