Giselle by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, music by Adolphe Adam

Nadia Nerina (Giselle), Nikolai Fadeyetchev (Albrecht) – The Royal Ballet

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Jean Coralli — Choreographer
Jules Perrot — Choreographer
Jane Scrase-Dickins — Costumes
George Djurkovic — Set designer
Peter Wright — Ballet master
Nadia Nerina — Giselle
Nikolai Fadeyechev — Albrecht
Niels Bjorn Larsen — Hilarion
Lydia Sokolova — Mother
Margaret Hill — Queen of the Wilis
Julia Farron — Princess Bathilde
Alfred Rodrigues — Prince of Courland
Peter Wright — Wilfried
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Hugo Rignold — Conductor

Program notes

The ballet was in fact a reworking by its choreographer, Mikhail Fokine, who several years earlier had created Chopiniana, his hommage to the Romantic ballets of the past. The work does not have a story – as Karsavina says in the introduction, it is a 'Romantic reverie'. The only male dancer (John Field in this recording) plays the role of a Poet. The corps de ballet and the three female soloists, Alicia Markova, Violetta Elvin and Svetlana Beriosova, have strong links with the Ballets russes and Russia.

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Directed by:
Margaret Dale
Production date: 2011
Duration: 28 min
Production: © BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
Resolution: SD