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"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in the cinema?"
NB: This Jury included at least 10 experienced opera-goers.
100% of them found this experience better than or comparable to a live performance.
Perhaps the most celebrated ballet of the Romantic era, Adolphe Adam’s intoxicating ballet Giselle is the dramatic story of a peasant girl whose betrayal by her aristocratic lover causes her to go mad before dying and returning as a ghost. Featuring the fabulous Alina Cojocaru in the title role and Johan Kobborg as a torn Count Albrecht, Peter Wright’s sparkling production and John Macfarlane’s pastoral designs create an opulent feast for the eyes.
‘Cojocaru's interpretation, everyone seems to agree, is one of the greatest of all time, and she continues to refine it with every performance… One of the things which makes Cojocaru so poignant in this role is a quality that one senses in the dancer herself. Something in the emotional charge of her performances, some fragility beneath the ballerina steel, emphasises the ephemeral nature of the art form. It reminds us that we must seize the day.’ The Observer
A really delightful production which some of us saw live from the Royal Opera House at the CGR Cinema in Lattes, just a few kilometres south of Montpellier. That was certainly a superb experience, particularly since the picture quality and sound was significantly better than that experienced at the Kinopolis screenings of New York Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” transmissions.
Two members of tonight’s jury had never seen a ballet before—but were entranced To see what a wonderful experience it can be under these conditions.
I loved the music — especially Act One. I also liked the choreography in the first Act although was a little put off by some of the corps de ballet dancing in Act Two.
Very beautiful interpretation—everything was excellent!
Perfect interpretation by the soloists and the Corps de Ballet—the ultimate in gracefulness! Perfect staging and fine orchestral playing. Some of the scenes were a little too dark.
I thought the dancers were superb, as well as the staging and the costumes. A most enjoyable experience. Thank you.
Very good! And very moving…
The principal ballerina (Alina Cojocaru) is particularly extraordinary, moving, technically perfect and with such an intense expression. Such aerial grace! A magnificent dancer.
I’m afraid I did not like Act One. The stage was too dark, and there was too much realism in the projection of feelings (ballet is not opera-bouffe). It lacks credibility— the set design is too kitch, the costumes are ugly, the colours are drab… But the second act is sensational (except of course for the lengthy corps de ballet Academic part but that cannot be avoided). Staging and costumes perfect to set the mood for the Willis intent. Dancing is enchanting, especially Giselle.
Staging and costumes minimalist but adequate, beautiful choreography, lovely, lovely music. This makes a great show.
A sumptuous interpretation by this “aerial” etoile. She is grace and beauty personified, A real marvel. Refined costumes (apart from the tiny wings which could perhaps, have been left out).
This is the first time I have ever seen a ballet, and I was totally entranced.
Alina was magnificent. Perfect in everything—a total artist. Albrecht is a very good dancer, But I found his interpretation Mediocre, which is a pity.
I very much enjoyed the interpretation of Gisele, wonderful acting skills and so light when dancing. I also very much like the colours of the costumes. A beautiful image and excellent sound. I don’t usually watch ballets, and for me this was a very pleasant surprise.
Dancing / performance: A+
HDVD production: B+
Overall ranking: A-
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