|Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle in Notre-Dame de Paris|
Notre-Dame de Paris (DVD), Ballet Company of Teatro alla Scala - reviewed on 14th June
Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle star in the new Teatro alla Scala DVD of Notre-Dame de Paris. Choreographed by Roland Petit in 1965, it tells the story of gypsy girl Esmeralda and her fate as the object of affection of three men, including Notre-Dame’s hunchbacked bell-ringer, Quasimodo. In typical ballet tragic-ending style, Esmeralda is hanged for a crime she did not commit and Quasimodo holds her limp body as the curtain closes.
The ballet has some pleasing moments but lacks punch on the whole. The leading couple also has little chance to sparkle, though whether this is because the performance is recorded (and not live) is hard to tell.