In her twenty years with The Royal Ballet, Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez has excelled in iconic ballet classics, Company heritage works and modern creations. A Company Principal for 16 years, she has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory. This collection showcases her exceptional mastery in four quintessential roles. In Swan Lake, she brings to life the beautifully tragic Odette and her rival Odile. She perfectly portrays the young lover Lise in La Fille mal gardée, and brings bravura and vivacity to the role of Kitri in Carlos Acosta’s production of the classical Don Quixote. She is transcendent as Giselle, one of the most challenging and demanding roles in the repertory. With peerless technical skill and compelling performances by the whole Company, this collection celebrates an exceptional dancer in her prime.
‘‘Marianela Nuñez and Acosta delivered sparky, engaging performances’’ (The Times) Don Quixote
‘‘[Marianela Nuñez] gives the swift, intricate footwork as gorgeously as I have ever seen it...’’ (The Stage) La Fille mal gardée
‘‘Muntagirov and Nuñez are technically thrilling; she, at her finest moments, can combine an absolute mastery of the choreography, with the illusion that she’s dancing it for the first time.’’ (The Guardian) Giselle
‘‘Anthony Dowell’s production...offers the ultimate classical experience.’’ (The Times) Swan Lake.
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DON QUIXOTE Marianela Nuñez (Kitri) Carlos Acosta (Basilio) Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa Music Ludwig Minkus Martin Yates (Conductor)
LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE Marianela Nuñez (Lise) Carlos Acosta (Colas) Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Choreography Frederick Ashton Music Ferdinand Hérold Anthony Twiner (Conductor)
GISELLE Marianela Nuñez (Giselle) Vadim Muntagirov (Count Albrecht) Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Choreography Marius Petipa Music Adolphe Adam Barry Wordsworth (Conductor)
SWAN LAKE Marianela Nuñez (Odette/Odile) Thiago Soares (Prince Siegfried) Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Valeriy Ovsyanikov (Conductor)