Bernstein Celebration

 

Bernstein Celebration ballet collection. The Royal Ballet, for the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, performed a triple bill of ballets set to different pieces by Bernstein. Directed 2018 by Kevin O’Hare. The performances are as follows:

  1. Yugen. Set to Chichester Psalms. Choreographed by Wayne McGregor. Stars Federico Bonelli, William Bracewell, Harry Churches, Melissa Hamilton, Francesca Hayward, Chisato Katsura, Paul Kay, Sarah Lamb, Calvin Richardson, Joseph Sissens, and Akane Takada. Koen Kessels conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Co-Concert Master Sergey Levitin; Assistant Concert Master Melissa Carstairs) and Members of the Royal Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus (Chorus Director William Spaulding). Features solo treble William Davies. Set design by Edmund de Waal; costume design by Shirin Guild; lighting design by Lucy Carter.

  2. The Age of Anxiety. Set to Symphony No. 2. Choreographed by Liam Scarlett. Stars Sarah Lamb (Rosetta), Alexander Cambell (Emble), Bennet Gartside (Quant), Tristan Dyer (Malin), Kevin Emerton (Bartender), David Yudes (Soldier), and Leticia Stock (Girlfriend). Barry Wordsworth conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Co-Concert Master Sergey Levitin; Assistant Concert Master Melissa Carstairs) and Members of the Royal Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus (Chorus Director William Spaulding). Features solo piano Robert Clark. Designed by John Macfarlane; lighting by Jennifer Tipton; staging by Ricardo Cervera.

  3. Corybantic Games. Set to Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium.’ Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Stars Matthew Ball, William Bracewell, Lauren Cuthbertson, Tierney Heap, Ryoichi Hirano, Mayara Magri, Yasmine Naghdi, Marcelino Sambé, and Beatriz Stix-Brunell. Koen Kessels conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Co-Concert Master Sergey Levitin; Assistant Concert Master Melissa Carstairs) and Members of the Royal Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus (Chorus Director William Spaulding). Features solo violin Sergey Levitin. Set design by Jean-Marc Puissant; costume design by Erdem Moralioğlu; lighting design by Peter Mumford.

Directed for TV by Ross MacGibbon. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Here is a clip from the ROH: