The Kirov Ballet is steeped in tradition. They are the guardians of the original choreograph that
was created by Marius Petipa and other great choreographers in the 19th Century. Even the backdrops and stage sets are consistent with tradition. I can't imagine a modern setting or freshly designed costumes for any of their traditional standard ballets.
The camera crew was very well prepared and knew just when to switch angles or pan out. The dancers in principal parts were all superb, and that goes for acting as well. The corps de ballet were stunning, reflecting hours upon hours of rehearsing to set the arms, head angles, body postures, and timing so that there was no variation from one dancer to another. This is not as easy as some people might think.
It is a great opportunity to see on a theater screen a live performance by the Kirov Ballet. I hope that the Regal Theaters on 16th Street in Denver continue to support events such as this.
I found this HD version of La Fille du Regiment to be radiant and thoroughly enjoyable. The
standard of acting was excellent in the principal roles. Juan Diego Florez is destined for a brilliant career. He has it all - a magnificent voice, acting ability, and he's very handsome. Natalie Dessay was wonderful in the title role. She is a very natural comedienne and has a fine voice that's capable of the vocal gymnastics required in bel canto operas such as those by Donizetti. Felicity Palmer won us over with her worldly portrayal of the Baronness. I was thoroughly captivated by this performance. What a treat it is to have Renee Fleming to comment upon the proceedings and to ask intelligent questions of the performers and production staff!
What a privilege it is to have live transmission of these Met performances in theaters in our area! I'm also glad to see that the series is being expanded each year.
La Fille du Regiment
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