Swan Lake

 

Swan Lake ballet. Music by Tchaikovsky. Book by V.P. Begitchev and Vasily Geltzer. Choreography by Liam Scarlett (assisted by Kristen McGarrity) after Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa with additonal choreography by Frederick Ashton. Directed 2018 by Liam Scarlett at the Royal Opera House. Stars Marianela Nuñez (Odette/Odile); Vadim Muntagirov (Prince Siegfried); Elizabeth McGorian (The Queen); Bennet Gartside (Von Rothbart); Alexander Campbell (Benno); and Akane Takade and Francesca Hayward (Prince Siegfried’s Younger Sisters). Other dancers in Act I are Tierney Heap, Meagan Grace Hinkis, Fumi Kaneko, Mayara Magri, Matthew Ball, James Hay, Fernando Montaño, and Marcelino Sambé (Waltz and Prolonaise); Artists of The Royal Ballet and Students of The Royal Ballet School (Court Ladies, Lieutenants, and Corporals, Ladies in Waiting, Servants, Heralds, Guards). Other dancers in Act II are Isabella Gasparini, Elizabeth Harrod, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, and Romany Pajdak (Cygnets); Clare Calvert and Mayara Magri (Two Swans), and Artists of the Royal Ballet (Swans). Other dancers in Act III are Itziar Mendizabal (Spanish Princess); Melissa Hamilton (Hungarian Princess); Yuhui Choe (Italian Princess); Beatriz Stix-Brunell (Polish Princess); Tierney Heap, Reece Clarke, Nicol Edmonds, Kevin Emerton, and Fernando Montaño (Spanish Dance); Romany Pajdak, Tristan Dyer, and Artists of The Royal Ballet (Czárdás); Meaghan Grace Hinkis and Marcelino Sambé (Neopolitan Dance); Nathalie Harrison, William Bracewell, and Artists of The Royal Ballet (Mazurka); Artists of The Royal Ballet and Students of The Royal Ballet School (Guests, Ladies in Waiting, Servants, Heralds). Other dancers in Act IV are Isabella Gasparini, Elizabeth Harrod, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, and Romany Pajdak (Cygnets); Claire Calvert and Mayara Magri (Two Swans); and Artists of The Royal Ballet (Swans). Koen Kessels conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. (Concert Masters Peter Manning [Black Swan solo] and Ania Safonova [White Swan solo]). Designs by John Macfarlane; lighting design by David Finn. Directed for TV by Ross MacGibbon. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This will be the 3rd Swan Lake in Blu-ray published by the Royal Opera Ballet and Opus Arte. It appears they have finally discarded the ancient Yolanda Sonnabend Farbregé-inspired sets and updated the costumes and choreography. And finally, the indefatigable Marianela Nuñez gets the lead role. She may become the first star ballerina whose entire career has been well published in Blu-ray titles. The official clip below looks promising!

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