Giselle - The Ballet

La Scala 2005

 
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Adolphe Adam

Giselle

Corpo di Ballo ed Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala

The Dancers

  • Svetlana Zakharova as Giselle
  • Roberto Bolle as Prince Albert
  • Galina Kozlova as Mirta
  • Vittorio d'Amato as Hilarion

 

Natalia Igorevna Bessmertnova

Review

It has been quite a long time since the ballet world has been blessed with a ballet duo the likes of Zakharova and Bolle. Their ability to perform with technical excellence and emotional intensity is very rare--and breathtaking! We are blessed with some nice releases on dvd by them(Swan Lake and La Bayadere). Perhaps it is in Giselle that we can experience the most realistic portrayal of human emotion in ballet, and Zakharova and Bolle do not disappoint us! This version has the most sizzling emotional intensity of any I have seen, both in act one and act two. In act one Zakharova displays youthful warmth and innocence and in act two, intense love, pain, and grief. Bolle also gives a very appropriate portrayal, showing real intensity throughout. All the scenes are equally magnificent, as is the supporting cast. It is a complete Giselle with the peasant pas de deux and all the group dances, as well as extensive choreography for Myrtha and the other wilis. Finally, the music, costumes, and scenery are also of the highest standard. The image quality and sound are likewise superb. It is packaged with a booklet. Unfortunately, there is no bonus material on the dvd. This is definitely one of the finest Giselle performances on dvd.

Edited version of a review by J.M.Wilinsky

The Production

Fine, technically; no extras

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