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Published on Oct 17, 2014
Leontes: Edward Watson Perdita: Sarah Lamb Paulina: Zenaida Yanowsky Florizel: Steven McRae Polixenes: Federico Bonelli Hermione: Lauren Cuthbertson
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Conductor: David Briskin
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2014
Available through Opus Arte on DVD, special edition DVD & Blu-ray from January 2015
Following his highly popular Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, created for The Royal Ballet back in 2011, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon draws on the same music and design team to create ‘a triumph’ and ‘something entirely new’ (Daily Telegraph) in this evocative reimagining of The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s enduring story of jealousy, compassion and forgiveness. Wheeldon’s staging is ‘eye-delighting’ (Financial Times), effortlessly capturing the work’s profound emotional trajectory, with powerful designs by Bob Crowley, Joby Talbot’s ‘skilful’ score (Guardian) and constantly inventive choreography. Strong company performances – among them Edward Watson’s ‘masterly’ portrayal of Leontes (Financial Times), Zenaida Yanowsky’s ‘commanding’ Paulina and Sarah Lamb as a ‘serene’ Perdita (Independent) – put the finishing touches to a gleaming production, one that will be treasured for years to come.