The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker ballet. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to a libretto by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Marius Petipa. Choreographed by Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov. Staged 2018 by Christopher Carr at the Royal Opera House. Stars Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer), Anna Rose O’Sullivan (Clara), Marcelino Sambé (Hans-Peter / The Nutcracker), Marianela Nuñez (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Vadim Muntagirov (The Prince), and dancers from The Royal Ballet. Barry Wordsworth conducts the Orchestra the Royal Opera House (Co-Concert Master Sergey Levitin). Designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman; lighting design by Mark Henderson. Directed for TV by Ross MacGibbon. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound output. Grade: NA

This is the 3rd Royal Opera HDVD release by Opus Arte of the Peter Wright production of The Nutcracker! The 1st came out in 2010 with Miyako Yoshida as Sugar Plum Fairy and Steven McRae as the Prince. The 2nd came out in 2017 featuring Lauren Cuthberson as the Plum and Frederico Boneli as Prince. Now Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov get the nod. How does one choose from such treasures?

Here’s an official clip: