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The Nutcracker: From the Royal Opera House

Distributed by Films Media Group, 132 West 31st St., 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001; 800-257-5126
Produced by Peter Wright
Directed by Ross MacGibbon
DVD, color, 108 min.
Jr. High - General Adult
Opera, Ballet, Music, Drama

Reviewed by Gerald Notaro, University Librarian, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Date Entered: 6/27/2011

This 25th anniversary of Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker was recorded live at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. As one of the most popular ballets performed, especially in the United States, most are familiar with the story of young Clara and her beloved Nutcracker. This celebrated production is an especially visual treat with gorgeous costumes, bewitching sets and lighting, and magic growing Christmas tree. The entire production is classic in its best sense, not straying from original intent of story or choreography. In this her last year with The Royal Ballet, Miyako Yoshida dances The Sugar Plum Fairy gloriously. She has both the strength and delicacy of porcelain. Gary Avisí realistic portrayal creates a more mysterious Drosselmeyer than the many cape swirlers of past productions. This is The Nutcracker for those who want their Christmases traditional and full of magic. The Nutcracker is one of a handful of ballets that can truly be viewed and enjoyed by all ages. Recommended for all library collections.