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This performance can be seen at the New York Public Library but has never been released commercially. As far as I know no documentary was released though the film contains intermission interviews.


Recorded at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, N.Y., and telecast live by WNET/Thirteen as part of its series Great Performances: Live from Lincoln Center on May 28, 1980.

Credits Scenery, PierLuigi Samaritani ; costumes, Theoni V. Aldredge ; lighting, Toshiro Ogawa ; intermission director, Emilo Ardolino ; writer, Tobi Tobias.

Performer Danced by American Ballet Theatre.

Cast Natalia Makarova (Nikiya, Act I), Marianna Tcherkassky (Nikiya, Acts II and III), Anthony Dowell (Solor), Victor Barbee (Radjah Dugmanta), Cynthia Harvey (Gamzatti), Alexander Minz (High Brahmin), Danilo Radojevic (Head Fakir/Bronze Idol), and others. Makarova was replaced by Tcherkassky in Acts II and III due to a knee injury.

Performer Conductor: John Lanchbery.

Note Host/interviewer: Pia Lindstrom.

Commentator: Martin Bookspan.

Contents Cassette 1. Act I (ca. 62 min.) -- Backstage interview (ca. 21 min.) with John Lanchbery and concertmaster Israel Chorberg -- Cassette 2. Act II (ca. 37 min.) -- Backstage interviews (ca. 28 min.) with Anthony Dowell and Natalia Makarova -- Act III (ca. 25 min.).

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