Coppélia ballet. Music by Léo Delibes. Libretto by Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Léon after E.T.A. Hoffmann. Choreography by Sergey Vikharev and Vladimir Grigoriev after Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti. Recorded 2018 at the Bolshoi Theater. Stars Margarita Shrayner (Swanilda), Artem Ovcharenko (Frantz), Alexey Loparevich (Coppélius), Xenia Averina, Daria Bochkova, Bruna Cantanhede Gaglianone, Antonina Chapkina, Anastasia Denisova, Elizaveta Kruteleva, Svetlana Pavlova, and Yulia Skvortsova (Eight friends); Nadezhda Blagova (Coppélia [Automaton]), Alexander Fadeyechev (Lord of Manor), Yuri Ostrovsky (Burgomaster), Nikolay Mayorov (Chronos), Oksana Sharova, Alexander Vodopetov, Ekaterina Besedina, and Dmitry Ekaterinin (Mazurka), Kristina Karasyova and Vitali Biktimirov (Czardasz), Anastasia Denisova (Aurora), Antonina Chapkina (Prayer), Daria Bochkova, Ksenia Averina, Maria Mishina, Stanislava Postnova, and Tatiana Tiliguzova (Work), and Elizaveta Kruteleva (Folly). Pavel Sorokin conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theater. Scenography by Boris Kaminsky; costumes by Tatiana Noginova; lighting design by Damir Ismagilov; archive research and coordination by Pavel Gershenzon. Directed for TV by Isabel Julien; produced by François Duplat. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Finally we get a classic or traditional Coppélia, and this from the Bolshoi, which has probably fielded more Coppélia artillery here than has ever previously been deployed. One curious thing: there is no keepcase booklet. Credits and technical information is printed on the outer keepcase cover art and on the back of the front cover (that you read through the clear plastic of the keepcase). There is none of the editorial material we normally get with our HDVDs. We bought this title from Presto in England, and we asked Presto if the booklet was missing. Well, Presto fulfillment has two Clares: Clare Plumley and Clare Preston (we’re not making this up). Both of them went to work on the case and ordered another copy of the title for us. But it was also missing a booklet. So the two Clares jumped on BelAir and learned that the title doesn’t come with a booklet. Mystery solved: no defect — just cost cutting. Try getting this kind of service from Amazon!

Here is a clip from BelAir: