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Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, September 2012

…my personal belief is that much of the music stands on its own with more appeal than with many other ballets. This production features an excellent group. Visually all is fine…Audio quality is an important concern and that really shines here through and through, right from the composition, the playing and the recorded quality on this fine Blu-ray release. It is highly recommended to all listeners and viewers, new and long timers. © 2012 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

George Dorris
Ballet Review, June 2012

DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Paris Opera Ballet, 2011) (NTSC) OA1061D
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Paris Opera Ballet, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7093D

The Paris Opera dancers can’t be faulted…with Dorothée Gilbert’s spirited Swanilda well partnered by Mathias Heymann as Franz and José Martinez as a handsome Coppélius, nor can Koen Kessels and the Orchestre Colonne.

One gets a good taste of the richness of these very different scores and also a chance to hear this fine orchestra well recorded under an experienced ballet hand. © 2012 Ballet Review

Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, February 2012

this may not be your father’s Coppélia, but there is still much to delight the eye and ear here. Fortunately, both audio and video are top-notch, the camerawork subtle enough to capture the emotions on display without the illusion-killing close-ups that can mar such a production. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, December 2011

Well worth watching…wonderment and terrific dancing…this is one that I will be returning to with anticipation and pleasure. © 2011 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2011

To mark the retirement earlier this year of the distinguished dancer and choreographer, Patrice Bart, the Ballet of Paris Opera performed his staging of Delibes’ Coppelia. It came from 1996, in the years that followed our delight in his working with the great Rudolf Nureyev in Paris, and took a new and very different view to the original light comedy devised by Arthur Saint-Leon. I will not spoil your enjoyment by detailing the new plot, except to say that the costumes keep the story in the same period as originally conceived, and we have our fair quota of mechanical dolls. But I would have to add that it moves somewhat distant to the version that is loved by young and old, and would be viewed as a more adult concept. The ballet has, of course, become know as a technical showcase for the dancers, and Bart develops that aspect, enlarging the role of young Franz to a ‘man of the world character’ both in appearance and the dancing role. The performance is a triumph for one of the most talked about ballerinas, Dorothee Gilbert, in the leading part of Swanilda. Not only is she immensely graceful at the appropriate moments, but she is mercurial in her movements, and superb in her acting as one of the dolls. A special audience applause is reserved for the tall and agile Fabrice Bourgeois as the sinister Spelanzani. Mathias Heymann dances Franz and Jose Martinez is very good in the non-dancing character part of Coppelius, the animated doll producer. Someone in the audience voices their displeasure of the Orchestre Colonne, but under Keon Kessels they offer a neat backdrop. The pictures and sound are of the highest quality, the video production showing admirable artistic presentation. I would want this as Bart’s alternative viewpoint. It comes also in standard DVD (OA1061D).

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