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to clarify: the SWAN LAKE in this auction is the commercial vhs cassette - i don't believe this was also released as a beta tape, which was sometimes done around the time of this release - that was formerly marketed by a now defunct distributor called BelCanto. (the same enterprise marketed the telecast of GISELLE with Makarova.)

as many have seen and commented on here on BT these distributors come and go, their offerings are here today and gone tomorrow. it's even happened for DVD releases. as with the GISELLE, these two would-be popular items did not last long on the market, which is why i suppose when they are sold by their 'lucky' owners they are somewhat rare and why there can be something a bidding war over them.

meanwhile, the Linc. Cent. 50th anniv. plans include intentions to put on the market as DVD their Live From Linc. Cent. offerings but no one has said when or which ones. (there is much opera in the center's past.)

thus, this a commercial vhs, videocassette. it is not an off-the-air home copy being sold by an individual infringing on copyrights.

here's how the NYPL describes the release:

Swan lake [videorecording] / WNET/13 ; directed by Kirk Browning ; produced by John Goberman ; presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts ; choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, staged and directed by David Blair ; choreography for peasant dance and goblet dance (Act I), Neapolitan dance and Spanish dance (Act III), and storm scene (Act IV) by David Blair ; music by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky.

U.S. : WNET, 1976 ; Bel Canto Paramount Home Video, c1989.

Telecast by WNET/13, New York on its series Live from Lincoln Center, on June 30, 1976 from the New York State Theater.

Scenery, Oliver Smith ; costumes, Freddy Wittop ; lighting, Jean Rosenthal.

Danced by American Ballet Theatre.

Natalia Makarova (Odette/Odile), Ivan Nagy (Prince Siegfried), Lucia Chase (Princess-Mother), Enrique Martinez (Wolfgang), Terry Orr (Benno), Marcos Paredes (Von Rothbart), and William Carter (Spanish dance), with Warren Conover, Kristine Elliott, Nanette Glushak, Jolinda Menendez, Hilda Morales, Kirk Peterson, Frank Smith, Marianna Tcherkassky, Clark Tippett, Charles Ward, Rebecca Wright, and artists of the company.

Music played by the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Akira Endo.

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