Yolanda Sonnabend's Faberge-inspired designs evoke a world of Imperial Russia in Anthony Dowell's acclaimed production for The Royal Ballet of one of the world's best-loved ballets. Marianela Nuñez as Odette/Odile and Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried bring new vitality to a compelling story of tragic romance. The Russian conductor Valeriy Ovsyanikov directs the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Tchaikovsky's lush romantic score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.
Odette/Odile: Marianela Nuñez Prince Siegfried: Thiago Soares The Princess, Siegfried’s mother: Elizabeth McGorian An Evil Spirit, later Von Rothbart: Christopher Saunders The Tutor: Alastair Marriott Benno: David Pickering
Choreographers: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov Conductor: Valeriy Ovsyanikov Stage Director: Anthony Dowell
Bonus material: Illustrated synopsis. Cast gallery. Interview with Anthony Dowell Four Swan Queens - Exclusive 30-minute conversation on the demands of dancing the role of the Swan Queen with former Prima Ballerinas Dame Beryl Grey, Dame Monica Mason, Lesley Collier and current principal Marianela Nuñez.
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, on 16th & 24th March 2009. Adverts in Gramophone, Classic fM and BBC Music Magazine.
‘Anthony Dowell’s production…offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle. Fancy a romantic tragedy in a tutu? Then this is the ballet for you. …The production as a whole is beautifully formed and dramatically convincing… And praise, too, for the corps, who made us feel the sorrow and anger of the swans’ collective misfortune.’ The Times