This all-time ballet favourite, in which young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure when one of her Christmas presents comes to life, is at its most enchanting in Peter Wright's glorious production - as fresh as ever in its 25th year. Tchaikovsky's ravishing score, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman (including an ingenious magical Christmas tree), an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince (Steven McRae), the mysterious Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet make for a captivating performance. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.
Press Reviews "All in all a fine performance of a justified favourite is given the presentation it deserves." (Musicweb International)
"One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann's immortal if deeply strange story. " (Sunday Express)
Cast Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy) Steven McRae (The Prince) Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer) Iohna Loots (Clara) Ricardo Cervera (Nephew / Nutcracker) The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Koen Kessels
Production Company: The Royal Ballet Stage Director: Peter Wright Choreographer: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
Disc Information Catalogue Number: OABD7072D Date of Performance: 2009 Running Time: 260 minutes Sound: 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS Aspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9 Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES Label: Opus Arte
NR (Not Rated)
KESSELS/THE ROYAL BALLET
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the best Nutcracker ever. I liked the previous Royal Ballet Nutcracker with Anthony Dowell as Drosselmeier, but this one is even better, with less cape-twirling on Drosselmeier's part, the best Nutcracker dancer I have ever seen, and Miyako Yoshida just as good as before but more relaxed and natural. I'm glad that, if they only do one in Blu-ray, this is it!
I'm no great lover of ballet, but this blu-ray disc could easily change that. I've seen Russian ballet performances live, but this production blew them all away. Everything was great! If you like Christmas, the Nutcracker, fabulous music, or stellar dancing, you owe it to yourself to give this disc a look. Highly recommended.
If you are looking for a great updated copy of the Nutcracker, this is it!!! The store line stays ture to what most of us know already. I enjoyed this so much I watched it twice back to back!!! Beautiful dancing!! Just a great buy for the Nutcracker fan!!!!
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