Giselle (The Royal Ballet)

Giselle (The Royal Ballet)

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Director: Ross MacGibbon, Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta, Thomas Whitehead

Cast: Ross MacGibbon, Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta, Thomas Whitehead


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This production of the classic ballet Giselle features Natalia Osipova dancing the title part. The cast also includes Carlos Acosta, Thomas Whitehead, and Johannes Stepanek.


This production of the classic ballet Giselle features Natalia Osipova dancing the title part. The cast also includes Carlos Acosta, Thomas Whitehead, and Johannes Stepanek.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Bbc / Opus Arte
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]

Special Features

The romance of Giselle; The Corps de Ballet in Giselle; Cast gallery

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Giselle
1. Opening [:30]
2. Introduction - Albrecht Arrives at Giselle's Cottage [1:49]
3. Berthe and Hilarion [1:17]
4. Albrecht and Wilfred [1:26]
5. Giselle's Entrance [1:40]
6. Giselle and Albrecht Dance - Hilarion Returns [4:11]
7. The Peasants Arrive [4:25]
8. Giselle Invites Albrecht to Dance [2:10]
9. Berthe Returns and Recounts the Legend of the Wilis [2:31]
10. The Peasants Celebrate the Grape Harvest [2:59]
11. Peasants' Pas de Six [1:03]
12. Peasants' Pas de Deux [2:21]
13. Male Variation [1:06]
14. Female Duet [:42]
15. Male Duet [1:09]
16. Female Variation - Coda [2:44]
17. The Hunt Arrives [5:59]
18. Giselle's Variation [2:16]
19. Bathilde Speaks to Giselle [1:53]
20. Hilarion Discovers Albrecht's Secret [:40]
21. The Peasants Dance [3:25]
22. Hilarion Reveals Albrecht's Secret [8:49]
23. Introduction - Hilarion at Giselle's Grave [3:50]
24. Myrtha Appears and Conjures the Wilis [7:53]
25. The Wilis' Dance [7:38]
26. Myrtha Summons Giselle from the Grave [2:13]
27. Albrecht Lays Flowers at the Grave and Giselle Appears [8:37]
28. The Wilis Dance Hilarion to His Death [4:29]
29. Giselle and Albrecht's Pas de Deux [5:18]
30. Giselle and Albrecht Dance [2:26]
31. Albrecht's Variation [1:06]
32. Giselle Pleads with Myrtha [1:27]
33. Myrtha Commands Albrecht to Dance [2:05]
34. Albrecht Falls Exhausted [:51]
35. Dawn Breaks and the Wilis Fade Away [3:39]
36. Curtain Calls [4:33]
37. End Credits [1:48]


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Giselle (The Royal Ballet) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
Sensitive and stunning performance of this classic ballet – must see! Any production performed by The Royal Ballet is worthy of attention, but this production of Giselle is amazing from start to finish. It features Natalia Osipova as Giselle, and Carlos Acosta as Count Albrecht. The orchestra of the Royal Opera House for this production is conducted by Boris Gruzin, and he does a phenomenal job of balancing the needs of the orchestra with the requirements of both the score and the dancers, each becoming part of the entire experience seamlessly. And this orchestra is wonderful in this production. This is a performance with tremendous emotional power and vulnerability. Ms. Osipova is heartbreakingly innocent in Act I, and her movement and expressiveness is astonishing. But the score reveals the heartbreak that is to come, and you cannot help but be captivated by what you intrinsically feel is about to occur. I cannot say enough about Mr. Acosta’s gentile and caring performance as Albrecht – he is a marvelous partner that truly highlights Ms. Osipova’s performance, responding to her every nuance and making it possible for her to shine even brighter than she naturally does on her own. And when she kills herself at the end of Act I it is emotionally affecting in a way that is difficult to describe. Act II is simply captivating – when Giselle is drawn from her grave, it is a thing of beauty and feeling that is touchingly expressed by Ms. Osipova, and the interaction between her and Mr. Acostas’ Albrecht as Myrtha forces him to dance to the point of death (intriguingly portrayed by Hikaru Kobayashi…the depth of her performance is astonishing), but the emotion and athleticism of Ms. Osipova is just unbelievable. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her during the end of this sequence as she saves her Albrecht. Words are inadequate for the emotional experience contained on this Blu-Ray disc. Both the picture and sound quality are incredible, the clarity breathtaking, and every nuance that this gifted group of performers brings forth enhances the overall experience. This is an amazing production, and it is a treat to be able to experience it in this format. The extras are insightful and interesting, and well worth watching. Very highly recommended!
Ted_Wilks More than 1 year ago
This new DVD from Opus Arte of "Giselle," one of Adolphe Adam's famous works, is heartily welcomed. The two stars are Natalia Osipova as Giselle and Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. Everything about it seems to to me to be beyond criticism. There is some competition however. A quick (though not exhaustive) web search for purchasable DVDs retrieved five: an old performance with Rudolph Nureyev and Carla Fracci; a different performance by Carla Fracci with the American Ballet Theatre; a 1980 version by the National Ballet of Cuba with Alicia Alonso and Valdimir Vasiliev; a 2006 Royal Opera House (London) version with Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg; and a 2005 version issued as a boxed set from the Teatro alla Scala that also includes a 2004 performance of "Swan Lake" and a 2011 performance of "Raymonda." (If you find more versions please don’t write to tell me!) I also found five versions on You Tube: Dutch National Ballet, undated, excellent but not HD; La Scala, 2005, very good but not HD; La Scala, 1996, good but not HD; Bolshoi, 1998, fair; Brazil, undated, poor. Lovers of this Adolphe Adam classic should be happy to add this version to their collection! Ted Wilks