Of all Romantic ballets Giselle is the one to see and know. It is a dramatic story of betrayal, nights filled with supernatural spirits (the classic moonlit White Act) and love that transcends even death. Adolphe Adam's music, conducted by Music Director of The Royal Ballet Barry Wordsworth and by Koen Kessels, Music Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is perfect to conjure up the atmosphere of the forest, the strong emotions of the characters and the ghostly world of the Wilis.
The title role is a major challenge for any ballerina, both technically and dramatically, from Giselle's early love to her poignant descent into madness and her final act of protecting forgiveness from beyond the grave. It has a wealth of ensembles to bring the full company of The Royal Ballet to the stage, and solo roles of pure dance and expressive mime. Peter Wright's beautiful production retains all the important elements of Giselle's great classical heritage. It is no surprise then that this is not just a regular favourite of ballet aficionados but also a wonderful work through which anyone can discover the enduring appeal of classical ballet.
|Theatre Venue:||Royal Opera House|
|Address:||Denman Street, London W1D 7DY|
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The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in the London district of Covent Garden. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.
The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857. The façade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but almost every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s. The Royal Opera House seats 2,268 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade 1 listed building.
|Music:||Joseph Horovitz, Adolphe Adam|