Léo Delibes Coppélia
Swanilda Leanne Benjamin Franz Carlos Acosta
Dr. Coppelius Luke Heydon
The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Nicolae Moldaveano
WINNER - IMZ Dance Screen 2000 Award for Stage/Studio recording
WINNER - Penguin Guide Rosette
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.
Region Code: All regions
Picture format: 16:9
Running time: 120 minutes DVD9
Sound format: Dolby Stereo & 5.1 Surround Sound
Menu languages: GB/D/F Subtitle languages D/F
Cat. No.: OA 0813 D (PAL) OA 0824 D (NTSC)
Historic 10-minute film 'The Ballet Moves'
Illustrated biography of Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908-86)
Introduction to the original broadcast by Deborah Bull
'Now we have this sparkling Ballet on DVD, beautifully filmed and with first
class orchestral sound, richly played
San Francisco Chronicle (USA)
'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.'
'The Royal Ballet show that DVD benefits the art of the dance as well. When
I have watched ballet on television the music is a distant and faint accompaniment.
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. And if you're not
a balletomane then prima ballerina Deborah Bull's introduction will really help
Birmingham Evening Mail