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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (Double-play - BD & DVD) – The Mariinsky Label

PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet

***** ‘Better image and sound than the MacMillan Royal Ballet production. Diana Vishneva as Juliette is especially beautiful and a wonderful actress as well. Altogether a great production that shines on Blu-ray.' Audiophile Audition

‘Every aspect of this production is as virtually flawless as a live performance can be... Enthusiastically recommended!’The WholeNote

  • Leonid Lavrovsky choreography

    Valery Gergiev musical director & conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra

    Diana Vishneva Juliet
    Vladimir Shklyarov Romeo
    Ilya Kuznetsov Tybalt
    Alexander Sergeyev Mercutio
    Yuri Smekalov Paris
    Islom Baimuradov Benvolio

    Pyotr Stasyunas Friar Lawrence & Montague
    Vladimir Ponomarev Capulet
    Elena Bazhenova Juliet's Mother
    Valeria Karpina Juliet's Nurse
    Nikolai Naumov The Duke of Verona
    Grigory Popov Jester

  • Running Time 152m

    Catalogue number MAR0552
    UPC 822231855224

    Produced by Telmondis, in co-production with the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre and Mezzo, in association with France Télévisions and the support of CNC

    Filmed on the 28th February & 1st March 2013 at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

    Olivier Simonnet Director

    DISC 1: BD50 (ALL REGIONS) 16:9
    HD 1080i (NTSC)
    DISC 2: DVD9 (REGION 0) 16:9 (NTSC)

    2.0 24-BIT PCM STEREO


    Notes in English / en Français / auf Deutsch / на русском языке

  • ***** ‘Better image and sound than the MacMillan Royal Ballet production. I found the Mariinsky production paced very well, and was done with grace and beauty. All the dancers are strong and appropriate. Diana Vishneva as Juliette is especially beautiful and a wonderful actress as well. Altogether a great production that shines on Blu-ray.’
    Audiophile Audition

    ‘The star of this Mariinsky Ballet DVD/Blu-ray two-disc set is one of the great ballerinas of our time, Diana Vishneva, and she’s the reason to buy it. Her Juliet is giddy, buoyant, luxuriant, and irrepressible, with the charisma of a silent-movie heroine.’
    The Boston Globe

    ‘Every aspect of this production is as virtually flawless as a live performance can be. The power and energy generated from the pit is astounding an the picture is breathtakingly opulent. Enthusiastically recommended!’ The WholeNote

    ‘Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov, in the title roles, give performances of emotional commitment and wonderful dancing. Vishneva makes Juliet’s journey from carefree teen to grief-stricken woman absolutely believable, and Shklyarov is a youthfully ardent Romeo. His jumps are a joy to watch – hovering in the air, with a beautiful unforced line and the softest of landing.’ Dance International

    ‘A new double play DVD and Blu-ray disc release on the Mariinsky label of a live recording of the Mariinsky Ballet in a performance of Leonid Lavrovsky’s Romeo & Juliet. Originally screened in cinemas, this new film stars Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov, who dance in it as beautifully as they did during the opening night of the Mariinsky Ballet’s recent season at Covent Garden. Directed by Olivier Simonnet with wonderful clarity, Vishneva and Shklyarov are joined by Alexander Sergeyev as Mercutio and Ilya Kuznetsov as Tybalt.’ Dancing Times

    Performance Reviews

    **** ‘Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov, who take the lead roles in the Mariinsky's first night of Romeo and Juliet, deliver captivating performances.’ The Telegraph

    ‘In the leading roles, Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov are stellar as well as star-crossed, with ardent charisma and plush, expansive dancing.’ The Independent

    ‘You can’t fail to respond to performances this convinced and convincing. The great gift of the Mariinsky dancers is to wring genuine affect out of melodrama. The quality of dancing, acting and musicianship, as well as the sheer passion, displayed by the visitors from the Mariinsky Theatre is easily compelling enough to fall in love with.’ The Arts Desk


Diana Vishneva, Vladimir Shklyarov, Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Orchestra

Leonid Lavrovsky’s celebrated production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, is released for the first time in HD, and in a Double Play, Blu-ray and DVD package. Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2013, it stars Mariinsky dancers Diana Vishneva as Juliet, Vladimir Shklyarov as Romeo, Alexander Sergeyev as Mercutio, Islom Baimurado as Benvolio, Ilya Kuznetsov as Tybalt and is conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Lavrovsky’s realisation was created at the Mariinsky Theatre in January 1940, and the staging has been treasured in St. Petersburg ever since. Starring Diana Vishneva in the role of Juliet and Vladimir Shklyarov as Romeo, this production still honours that original version. Guided by the dramatic force and lyrical power of Prokofiev’s score, Lavrovsky’s choreography creates a grandly moving portrait of the star-crossed lovers and the Renaissance society which frames their tragedy.

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