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Live performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group featuring music by Handel, recorded at Madrid's Teatro Real in July 2014. Jane Glover conducts the Teatro Real Orchestra and Choir. The performance features the singers Sarah-Jane Brandon, Elizabeth Watts, James Gilchrist and Andrew Foster-Williams.
Live performance of Tchaikovsky's work by the Royal Ballet. Natalia Osipova dances the dual role of Odette and Odile with Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried. Boris Gruzin conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra.
Collection of three ballets choreographed by Jirí Kylián. The performances by the Nederlands Dans Theater include 'Bella Figura' (1998), 'Sleepless' (2005) and 'Birth-day' (2004) and feature music by Mozart, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Giuseppe Torelli and Dirk Haubrich.
The Wiener Staatsballett give a live performance of Tchaikovsky's work about a nutcracker doll that comes to life at midnight. Paul Connelly conducts the Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper with Liudmila Konovalova in the role of Clara, Trevor Hayden as the Little Nutcracker and Vladimir Shishov as Drosselmeyer and the Prince.
Collection of five performances featuring The Australian Ballet. The works included are: 'Coppélia', 'Giselle', 'Manon', 'La fille mal gardée' and 'Spartacus'.
Collection of four productions of ballets based on fairy stories. In Delibes' 'Coppélia', featuring Dorothée Gilbert and Mathias Heymann, Koen Kessels conducts the Orchestre Colonne. Prokofiev's 'Cinderella', also conducted by Kessels, stars Agnès Letestu and José Martinez. Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake', conducted by Vello Pähn, is performed by the Paris Opera Ballet and Orchestra. In 'The Sleeping Beauty', also composed by Tchaikovsky, Ermanno Florio leads the Holland Symfonia, while the Dutch National Ballet dance Peter Wright's choreography.
Live performance of choreographer Roland Petit's adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel by the Teatro alla Scala Ballet. Roberto Bolle portrays the hunchback Quasimodo with Natalia Osipova as Esmeralda. Conducted by Paul Connelly, the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra play Maurice Jarre's score.
The Royal Ballet perform Arthur Pita's interpretation of Franz Kafka's novella, recorded at the Royal Opera House in March 2013. Edward Watson performs the lead role of Gregor Samsa, who transforms into an insect, with Laura Day as his sister Grete and Nina Goldman and Neil Reynolds as his mother and father. Frank Moon performs the score he composed for the production.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Wayne McGregor and Javier De Frutos perform four works from London's Sadler's Wells, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Ballets Russes.
All of Tchaikovsky's ballets in one collection, performed by the Royal Ballet. In 'Swan Lake', Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares head the cast in this acclaimed production from March 2009. Russian conductor Valeriy Ovsyanikov leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, while Anthony Dowell directs. 'Sleeping Beauty' is a 2006 production featuring Alina Cojocaru as Princess Aurora and Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund. The orchestra is again conducted by Ovsyanikov. Finally, the 2012 production of 'The Nutcracker' stars Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara, Ricardo Cervera as the Nutcracker, Roberta Marquez as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer. The conductor is Koen Kessels.
Anna Tsygankova and Matthew Golding take the lead roles in this production of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet, recorded live at the Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, in 2012. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's interpretation follows more closely the Brother's Grimm version of the story than that of the 1697 Charles Perrault fairy tale.
The Zürcher Ballett performs three ballets by the renowned Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli. The works are set to three string quartets played by The Hagen Quartet: Leos Janácek's 'Intimate Letters', Antonín Dvorák's 'American Quartet' and Franz Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden'. The soloists include Seh Yun Kim, Arsen Mehrabyan, Sarah-Jane Brodbeck and Tigran Mikayelyan.
Live performance from London-based electronic trance band Juno Reactor, recorded in Tokyo, Japan. Among the songs featured in the show are their singles 'Pistolero', 'Guardian Angel' and 'Masters of the Universe'.
Live performance at the Palais des Congrès de Paris by The Moiseyev Dance Company, Russia's most travelled troupe. Trained in classical ballet, folk dancing and acrobatics, their athletic repertoire includes dances from all the former Soviet regions.
Live performance of the ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, about a nutcracker doll that comes to life at the stroke of midnight. Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra, with the Mariinsky Ballet performing Vasily Vainonen's choreography. The dancers include Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov and Fyodor Lopukhov.
Three classic performances gathered from the BBC archives.
This DVD features stunning performances of some of the most popular and enduring works in the ballet repertoire.
Nadia Nerina and Robert Helpmann feature in studio performances of 'Les Sylphides' and 'Coppélia' from 1956/7. 'Giselle' features extracts from a 1962 studio recording starring Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev.
Kindly note: These aren't the full ballet performances but rather specific acts.
Pierre Boulez conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in this opening concert from the Salzburg Festival of 2011. The featured works include Alban Berg's 'Lulu Suite' and Gustav Mahler's 'Das Klagende Lied' for Solo Voices, Mixed Choir and Orchestra. The singers include Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Prohaska, Anna Larsson and Johan Botha.
A two-volume Christmas collection from the Royal Opera House. The Royal Ballet's Miyako Yoshida, Stephen McRae, and Gary Avis take the lead roles in a 2009 production of Tchaikovsky's classic work 'The Nutcracker', with Koen Kessels conducting. The second performance features a 2008 recording of Englebert Humperdinck's fairytale opera 'Hansel and Gretel'. Colin Davis conducts, with an acclaimed cast that includes Thomas Allen, Angelika Kirchschlager and Diana Damrau.
Three shorter ballets, 'Les Patineurs', 'Divertissement' and 'Scènes De Ballet', showcasing the breadth of style contained in the work of founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton. Dancers featured include Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin, Darcy Bussell and Jonathan Cope.
Ulf Schirmer conducts the Wiener Symphoniker in this production of Giordano's opera staged at the Bregenz Festival in 2011. Chénier is a French revolutionary poet who pines for the beautiful Maddalena. However, he has a jealous rival in the form of servant-turned-revolutionary Gérard, who sets about plotting Chénier's downfall. Performers include Héctor Sandoval, Norma Fantini, Scott Hendricks and Tania Kross.
The Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera perform Delibes' 'Coppelia' at the Palais Garnier in March 2011. Featured dancers include Dorothée Gilbert, Mathias Heymann, José Martinez and Fabrice Bourgeois, with choreography by Patrice Bart. Koen Kessels conducts the Orchestre Colonne.
Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson leads the cast in Christopher Wheeldon's production of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, filmed at the Royal Opera House in March 2011. Other cast members include Sergei Polunin, Edward Watson, Zenaida Yanowsky and Steven McRae. Barry Wordsworth conducts.
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo perform acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's interpretation of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' live at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco in 2009.
Performance of Richard Strauss's final opera by the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Andrew Davis. Countess Madeleine is being courted by poet Olivier and musician Flamand, but cannot make her mind up between them. Meanwhile, her brother is in love with Olivier's former mistress, Clairon, opposite whom he is to star in a play commissioned for the Countess's birthday. As the story progresses, the Countess's indecision over the two men courting her provides a dramatic means to explore the relative importance of music and words in opera. Renée Fleming stars.
Birmingham Royal Ballet's award-winning chief choreographer, David Bintley, helms this version of Prokofiev's celebrated ballet, while the Royal Ballet Sinfonia is conducted by Koen Kessels.
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