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HEROLD La Fille Mal Gardee. Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nunez, William Tuckett. The Royal Ballet. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Anthony Twiner. BBC Opus Arte DVD

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Herold La Fille Mal Gardee Twiner Bbc Opus Arte Dvd

FERDINAND HÉROLD

La Fille Mal Gardée

Colas: Carlos Acosta

Lise: Marianela Nuñez

Simone: William Tuckett

Alain: Jonathan Howells

The Royal Ballet

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Anthony Twiner

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton

Bonus material:

Cast gallery & illustrated synopsis

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 2nd February 2005.

Ever since its triumphant premiere in January 1960, Frederick Ashton's La fille mal gardée has been esteemed as one of his happiest creations. This is a charming piece, elegantly performed, a village love affair set in the idyllic Constable landscape of Ashton's imagination. Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta would be show-stoppers in almost any suitable role, but as Lise and Colas they are superb. William Tuckett and Jonathan Howells, in the comic roles of Simone and Alain respectively, are every bit as arresting, both displaying a certain genius for knockabout. The luminously colourful Osbert Lancaster designs, together with the vitality of The Royal Ballet’s dancing and vibrant playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the baton of Anthony Twiner, serve to augment the harmless good fun at which Ashton excels.

La fille mal gardée, first presented in 1789, is the oldest and one of the most important works in the modern ballet repertory. There have been many revivals throughout the centuries, but Sir Frederick Ashton’s version for The Royal Ballet, which premiered in 1960, is widely regarded as the “traditional” version and has become a much celebrated classic of the ballet repertory.

‘The Royal Ballet’s present revival makes much of its vigorous characters, its brilliantly virtuosic solos and duets…[Marianella 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.

Running time: 112 mins

Region code: All regions

Picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format: LPCM Stereo / 5.1 Surround Sound

Menu language: EN

BBC Opus Arte DVD OA0992D

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