Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
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Romeo: MANUEL LEGRIS
Juliet: MONIQUE LOUDIÈRES
Mercutio: LIONEL DELANOË
Tybalt: CHARLES JUDE
Benvolio: WILFRIED ROMOLI
Rosaline: KARIN AVERTY
Paris: JOSÉ MARTINEZ
Lady Capulet: CLOTILDE VAYER
Lord Capulet: OLIVIER PATEY
The Nurse: ANNIE CARBONNEL
Prokofiev's score finds a powerful echo in Rudolf Nureyev's sumptuous and colorful production. With its sets and costumes straight from the frescos of Renaissance Italy, this great ballet passionately reflects the youth and vigour which drive Shakespeare's tale of doomed love.
ORCHESTRE DE L'OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS
Conductor VELLO PÄHN
Choreography and Staging by RUDOLF NUREYEV
Directed by ALEXANDRE TARTA
Produced by FRANÇOIS DUPLAT and DAMIEN MATHIEU
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Russian superstar Rudolf Nureyev was the choreographer for this Paris Opera Ballet production. Most music lovers are already familiar with Shakespeare's play, and many know Prokofiev's music, so they are prepared to mentally blend the two through the unlikely medium of ballet. The play is a tragedy, the music is often stark, and the stage is sometimes dimly lit and darkly decorated. But the ballet works on its own terms, and if you are prepared for a production that does not have the sunshine and sorrow of lilting music and dance, you will probably enjoy it. If you are like most, including me, whose experience with ballet has been largely Tchaikovsky and his predecessors, this ballet will be a new experience and perhaps a revelation.
We have become so accustomed to brilliant production values in Blu-rays that the merely "good" is not acceptable for some people. This Blu-ray presentation is good, better than we could see if we were sitting in the theater, though the visuals are limited somewhat by the dark overtones. The running time of 2½ hours begs for an intermission, or for someone who is already favorably disposed toward Prokofiev's music. It is not, however, a beginner's ballet.