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DELIBES: Coppelia - The Royal Ballet

DELIBES: Coppelia - The Royal Ballet

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Delibes: Coppélia (The Royal Ballet)
Leanne Benjamin (Swanilda); Carlos Acosta (Franz); Luke Heydon (Doctor Coppélius); Leana Palmer (Coppélia);

Coppélia, a mechanical doll made by the toy-maker Dr. Coppelius, is so life-like that some believe she is his daughter. The mistake leads to intrigue and jealousy in love. This 19th century classic, in an enchanting production by Royal Ballet choreographer Dame Ninette de Valoise, was broadcast live by BBC television in February 2000.

Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo


Aspect Ratio:
16:9 Anamorphic

"Now we have this sparkling Ballet on DVD, beautifully filmed and with first class orchestral sound, richly played …fabulously entertaining...Bouyant performances." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Lianne Benjamin is an ideal Swanilda, always alert and fun loving, yet always intelligent. She thoroughly enjoys her solos and leads the other girls through their paces as easily as she allows the vulnerable Franz to make a fool of himself. Carlos Acosta’s Franz, indeed, would have made any but a puppet’s heart jump! Luke Heydon’s Doctor Coppélius and Leana Palmer’s Coppélia could not be bettered. This DVD is a practical tribute to Madam." (Musical Opinion)

"The Royal Ballet show that DVD benefits the art of the dance as well…Here we actually hear the delights of Delibes’ ever-popular score. It’s a feast for the eye too, with the magical story of the enchanted doll, and Osbert Lancaster’s witty and colourful designs, benefiting from DVD’s clarity." (Birmingham Evening Mail)

"Leanne Benjamin's Swanhilda has much charm and the Cuban, Carlos Acosta, brings the appropriate ardour, grace and virtuosity to the role of Franz, while Luke Heydon's Dr. Coppélius is exemplary. There is first-class dancing from the Corps and lively, well-paced orchestral playing under Nicolae Moldoveaunu. Moreover, the sound is well defined and musically balanced." (The Penguin Guide)

Extra features
'The Ballet Moves' - historic 10-minute film.Illustrated biography of Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908-86).Introduction to the original broadcast by Deborah Bull.

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