HEROLD, FERDINAND La fille mal gardee. Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta. Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House Orchestra / Anthony Twiner. Frederick Ashton. BBC Opus Arte Blu-ray disc
La fille mal gardée
The Royal Ballet
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Anthony Twiner
Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 2nd February 2005.
Cast gallery & illustrated synopsis
Ever since its triumphant premiere in 1960, Frederick Ashton’s La fille mal gardée has been treasured as one of his happiest creations – his artistic tribute to nature, and an expression of his feelings for his beloved Suffolk countryside. Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta perfectly portray the young lovers Lise and Colas, determined to thwart the plans of Widow Simone to marry off her wayward daughter to Alain, the simple son of wealthy Farmer Thomas. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful, picture-book designs, along with Ferdinand Hérold’s tuneful score, arranged by John Lanchbery, provide the perfect setting for Ashton’s blissfully bucolic ballet, complete with haywain, pony, maypole and ribbons, a cockrel and his chickens and, of course, the famous clog dance, here wonderfully led by William Tuckett as the irascible but lovable Widow Simone.
‘The Royal Ballet’s present revival makes much of its vigorous characters, its brilliantly virtuosic solos and duets…[Marianela Nunez] gives the swift, intricate footwork as gorgeously as I have ever seen it. …Nunez is an excellent match for Carlos Acosta’s whizzing solos and his cheerful eagerness as her admirer Colas. …Altogether, a terrific show.’ The Stage
PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray disc is not compatible with standard DVD players
With up to six times the resolution of a standard DVD, and up to 7.1 channels of High Definition surround sound, Blu-ray offers a stunning audio-visual experience. A Blu-ray disc can store up to 50GB of data - five times the capacity of standard DVDs - and offers an interactive experience including internet connectivity and live content via "Blu-ray Live".
Picture: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Sound: 2.0 & 5.1 PCM Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4
Disc size: BD50
Menu language: EN Subtitles: FR/DE/ES/IT
Region code: All regions
Running time: 108 mins
BBC Opus Arte Blu-ray disc OABD7021D
|Release Period||February 2009|