Royal Opera House Live – Giselle

Michael OffordEvent Cinema

Ballet in two acts

Running time: c.2 hours 15 minutes (including 1 interval) Tickets £15.00


Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world and continues beyond the grave. The ballet’s title role also offers one of the great challenges of the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an innocent peasant girl, duped into love, to a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from death. For the ballerina this is a role of two contrasting halves: in Act I she must appear naïve and artless, her dancing alive with an earthy enthusiasm; in Act II she transforms into light and air, her dancing so ethereal as to seem weightless. In Peter Wright’s production, the dual aspect of the ballet is perfectly achieved: the first act dramatized in rich, naturalistic detail and the second with a spectral, moonlit beauty.

Giselle: Marianela Nuñez

Albrecht: Vadim Muntagirov

Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Music: Adolphe Adam revised by Joseph Horovitz

Scenario: Théophile Gautier after Heinrich Heine

Production and additional choreography: Peter Wright

Designer: John Macfarlane

Original lighting: Jennifer Tipton recreated by David Finn

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House