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Ashton: Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons (The Royal Ballet)

Ashton: Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons (The Royal Ballet)

Natalia Osipova (Rhapsody); Steven McRae (Rhapsody); Lauren Cuthbertson (The Young Girl (The Two Pigeons)); Vadim Muntagirov (The Young Man (The Two Pigeons)); Fumi Kaneko (The Two Pigeons (The Two Pigeons)); Ryoichi Hirano (The Two Pigeons (The Two Pigeons));

"Watching the Frederick Ashton double bill now installed at Covent Garden, we see yet again how varied, how beguiling are Ashton’s dance ideas, how elegantly they wear their music, and how flattering they are to their interpreters. Steven McRae dances, blazing through steps, turning with an incandescent bravura, cutting tremendous shapes in the air, wrapping the score round himself, with Paganini (and Baryshnikov) evoked just as awestruck legend has told us. And thus Natalia Osipova, holding Ashton up to the light of her artistry that we may admire the facets and bright-cutting of her dances and his inventions, and moving with the delight in a role that marks her great gift." (Financial Times ★★★★★)

Ballet du Capitole: Trois ballets de Kader Belarbi

Ballet du Capitole: Trois ballets de Kader Belarbi

Davit Galstyan (Le Corsaire (Le Corsaire)); Maria Gutierrez (La Belle Esclave (Le Corsaire)); Julie Loria (The Beauty (La Bête et la Belle)); Takafumi Watanabe (The Beast (La Bête et la Belle)); Artjom Maksakov (Roi Ferrante (La Reine Morte)); Maria Gutierrez (Dona Ines De Castro (La Reine Morte));

"… all the markings of one of the classic ballets: It had romance, spectacle and drama, and it was beautiful." (The Times - La Bête et La Belle)

Ballet for Children

Ballet for Children

"Music Web International - (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (What a treat this is - such an imaginative treatment of a favourite story )

Baranowski: 1984 (Northern Ballet)

Baranowski: 1984 (Northern Ballet)

Tobias Batley (Winston Smith); Martha Leebolt (Julia); Javier Torres (O'Brien); Hironao Takahashi (Mr Charrington); Giuliano Contadini (Parsons); Kevin Poeung (Ampleforth); Ashley Dixon (Martin); Victoria Sibson (Lead Prole);

"This is gripping storytelling" (The Stage ★★★★)

Baroque Opera Classics (Various)

Baroque Opera Classics (Various)

Sally Matthews (Deidamia (Deidamia)); Veronica Cangemi (Nerea (Deidamia); Iole (Ercole Amante)); Luca Pisaroni (Ercole (Ercole Amante)); Anders J. Dahlin (Zoroastre (Zoroastre)); Marina Comparato (Adriano (Adriano in Siria)); Lucia Cirillo (Emirena (Adriano in Siria)); Anna Bonitatibus (Didone (La Didone)); Kresimir Spicer (Enea (La Didone)); Lenka Máčiková (Marquise Clarice (Dove)); Aleš Briscein (Count Orazio (Dove));

"Alden's approach is lightly ironic, matching well with a piece that treats its material with a knowing air...Ivor Bolton and Concerto Koln provide the expert musical underpinning. Sally Matthews shines as a vocally and physically poised Deidamia, Olga Pasichnyk emphasises the lusty young man hiding beneath Achille's skirts, and Silvia Tro Santafe's Ulisse presents him with a credible rival." (BBC Music Magazine - Deidamia ★★★★)

Beethoven: Fidelio (Opernhaus Zürich)

Beethoven: Fidelio (Opernhaus Zürich)

Melanie Diener (Leonore); Roberto Saccà (Florestan); Sandra Trattnigg (Marzelline); Alfred Muff (Rocco); Lucio Gallo (Don Pizarro);