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Suggestions for a Coppelia DVD...?Much appreciated!!

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#1 cubanmiamiboy


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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:41 PM

I want to introduce my friend to the beautiful world of Coppelia-(as a warming up session for the upcoming MCB production, which will be his very first ever). What would be the most satisfying production currently on DVD...?
Things I usually consider would be a generous use of Delibes score, a charming costume/sets design and some strong technique, particularly during the Grand Pas...

And I KNOW you guys will have some great answers for me...!! :clapping:

So....? :wink:

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:45 PM

I vote for the Australian Ballet DVD with Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman. It has the things you ask for, except perhaps a great orchestra. The Kultur transfer isn't great--it looked better on VHS--and there are practically no chapter breaks, only one for each act. So if you can get hold of the Faveo (Opus Arte) European release, which is a region-free NTSC disc that will play on all North American DVD players, I'd recommend it: better colour and lots of chapter breaks.

the wheat thing
Swanilda and friends
"Coppelia's" Waltz
Spanish dance through beginning of Act 3
Waltz of the Hours, Dawn & Prayer
Brides and Bridegrooms
Pas de Deux


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Posted 21 May 2011 - 11:22 PM

Ooooh, thanks so much for those clips, Volcanohunteer!! What a LOVELY mazurka..! (I just LOVE mazurkas and czardas in ballet...can we get any more "dansante" than that...? :wub: )

I think I'm getting it...

No more options...? :wink:

#4 RUKen



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Posted 22 May 2011 - 07:30 AM

No more options...?

I think that you would also enjoy the Royal Ballet DVD, filmed in 2000, with Carlos Acosta as Franz and Leanne Benjamin as Swanilda, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The choreography is by Ninette de Valois.

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