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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (San Francisco Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (San Francisco Ballet)

Damian Smith (Drosselmeyer); Elizabeth Powell (Clara Stahlbaum); Davit Karapetyan (Nutcracker); David Arce (King of the Mice); Yuan Yuan Tan (Queen of Snow); Vanessa Zahorian (Sugar Plum Fairy);

"The opulent new version of the seasonal classic, launched spectacularly by the San Francisco Ballet, is every parent’s dream of a holiday treat. It looks scrumptious, tastes delicious, offers substantial nourishment and won’t cause cavities." (San Francisco Examiner)

Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Misha Didyk (Hermann); Emily Magee (Liza); Lado Ataneli (Count Tomsky); Ludovic Tézier (Prince Yeletsky); Ewa Podles (Countess);

"It gives us a thoroughly traditional production from the Liceu but it works because it tells the story so compellingly and because the singing and playing is excellent from everyone...Watching this DVD reawakened me to the dramatic and musical treasures of what must surely be Tchaikovsky’s greatest opera (with apologies to Onegin fans). This is an ideal way to introduce the opera to someone for the first time, and a great way for established Tchaikovskians to remind themselves just how great it is." (Musicweb International)

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Ballet de L’Opéra National de Paris)

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Ballet de L’Opéra National de Paris)

Agnès Letestu (Odette); José Martinez (Prince Siegfried); Karl Paquette (Wolfgang / Rothbart);

"This Parisian Swan Lake offers the reworked choreography which Nureyev devised for his 1984 production of the ballet and which has remained a favoured recital ever since...Readers used to traditional views of the ballet should see this gripping newcomer." (The Penguin Guide)

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (The Royal Ballet)

Marianela Nuñez (Odette); Thiago Soares (Prince Siegfried); Christopher Saunders (Rothbart);

"Anthony Dowell’s production...offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle. Fancy a romantic tragedy in a tutu? Then this is the ballet for you...The production as a whole is beautifully formed and dramatically convincing...And praise, too, for the corps, who made us feel the sorrow and anger of the swans’ collective misfortune." (The Times)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy); Steven McRae (The Prince); Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer); Iohna Loots (Clara); Ricardo Cervera (Nephew / Nutcracker);

"All in all a fine performance of a justified favourite is given the presentation it deserves." (Musicweb International)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Lauren Cuthbertson (The Sugar Plum Fairy); Federico Bonelli (The Prince); Francesca Hayward (Clara); Alexander Campbell (Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker); Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer);

"fresh and reinvigorated - Nutcrackers come and Nutcrackers go but the Royal Ballet's version is a hardy perennial. Peter Wright's version of Lev Ivanov's original 1892 ballet has undergone changes since its debut in 1984 but it remains the one by which all others must be judged." (The Stage ★★★★★)