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George Dorris
Ballet Review, December 2013

Anthony Dowell’s 1987 Swan Lake follows the basic lines of Petipa and Ivanov’s 1895 staging…Thiago Soares makes a strong Siegfried and Nuñez a good Odette/Odile…while the others show the company’s strength, including Laura Morera, Yuhui Choe, and Steven McRae in the act 1 pas de trois. In all, a worthy…production, with Valeriy Ovsyanikov making the most of the score in this 2009 taping.

The excellent Sleeping Beauty…is based on the Sadler’s Wells 1946 production…Alina Cojocaru makes a beautiful Aurora, well partnered by Federico Bonelli, Nuñez as the Lilac Fairy, and Genesia Rosato as Carabosse. Indeed, everyone is in top form, including Ovsyanikov and the orchestra.

Peter Wright’s 1984 Nutcracker, filmed in 2010, reworks Ivanov’s original…Julia Trevelyan Oman designed the elaborate sets and costumes.

Iohna Loots and Ricardo Cervera lead the strong cast as Clara and the Nutcracker, with Miyako Yoshida and Steven McRae as Sugarplum and her prince, and Gary Avis as a Drosselmeyer who appears throughout the ballet, and the Belgian conductor Koen Kessels leads the fine orchestra.

Filming is good in all three ballets and the helpful notes are by Dowell, Tim Scholl, and Wiley. © 2013 Ballet Review

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