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You are warmly invited to the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden for the Royal Ballet’s superb Peter Wright production of 'Giselle', the greatest of Romantic ballets, ultimate glory of the classic repertoire, starring the Royal Ballet's dazzling, meteoric star ballerina Akane Takada, performing with another rising star, Benjamin Ella. Exclusively, our Club Members can watch this thrilling and beautiful sell-out performance from the best seats in the Orchestra Stalls for just £73 instead of the usual £115—or join us prior to the performance in the gilded splendour of the Ritz Hotel for a delicious Three-Course Pre-Theatre Champagne Dinner in the Michelin Star Restaurant, including your taxi, service and VAT, all for £149 instead of the full £218.
We are thrilled to have secured tickets for this, the sparkling new-season production, on Monday, February 5. It will be memorable—the full spectacle of the pure lunar beauty of Takada with her co-star Ella, leading the entire Royal Ballet Company with the Orchestra of The Royal Opera, performing in the historic, red-and-gold Royal Opera House auditorium. This promises to be a totally enchanting evening and a wonderful start to the artistic year.
The fluidly expressive Japanese ballerina Akane Takada is winning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. 'Sheer delight' writes the Standard reviewer, 'almost flying with joy in her jetés'. He continues, 'Takada’s fluency as an elusive spirit with a human heart bodes well for her future Giselle.' Leading critic Judith Mackrell applauds Takada's ability to 'scintillate with light and air'. A small, light dancer, Takada has a porcelain elegance—her lines are smooth, her phrasing delicate and she has a depth and grace which transcend description.
Takada is, after all, the young star of the Bolshoi Ballet school who shot to stardom as principal ballerina at the Royal Ballet last year, attaining the Company's highest rank aged only 26, and who first made her name in an acclaimed performance at Covent Garden, standing in for an injured Natalia Osipova. Now 27, Takada is glorious, and destined for even greater international fame and stardom, while partner Ella is a striking young dancer who won the joint top Royal Ballet school honours with the now acclaimed Vadim Muntagirov, and who is already hailed as 'soaring' by the critics. Takada and Ella form a glorious couple, touchingly exquisite.
The ballet 'Giselle' is one of the most beautiful of all; it transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and it remains at the centre of the classical repertory. As to Peter Wright's production for the Royal Ballet, it is perhaps the finest 'Giselle' of all time, using Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), first staged in St Petersburg in 1884. Writes Mackrell, 'Giselle is now the Royal Ballet's true showcase. Dominated by two great principal roles—tragic Giselle and her duplicitous lover Albrecht—the ballet's detailed story-telling and dramatically integrated choreography play superbly to the Royal's currently unparalleled strengths.’
The intricacy and drama of Wright and Petipa’s work and the beauty of French composer Adolphe-Charles Adam’s music, danced by two of the Royal Ballet freshest stars and played by the full Royal Opera House Orchestra within the stunningly beautiful auditorium of the Royal Opera House, will all add up to a magical experience.
To make sure our Members do not miss this special and romantic classical ballet performance at Covent Garden—it is already sold out to the public—we have pre-booked the best seats in the Orchestra Stalls for the evening performance on Monday, February 5. The evening will create a sensational start to the year—it is the perfect precursor to Valentine's Day!—and we have chosen the glittering Restaurant at the Ritz Hotel (pictured below) as a fitting venue for our pre-theatre Three-Course Champagne Dinner.
Beautiful in its French château style and Louis XVI opulence, decked out in gold and glittering mirrors, The Ritz Restaurant is a sight to behold—considered the most magnificent in London. With its links to London's artistic past and present, and with its delicious cuisine—awarded a coveted Royal Warrant by HRH The Prince of Wales and a Michelin Star in last year's restaurant rankings—the Ritz will form a delightful and fitting opening scene for our Members prior to an historic and beautiful performance at Covent Garden.
Before the Ballet we shall dine in the glittering restaurant of the Ritz Hotel. Awaiting us will be the Michelin-Star menu designed by legendary executive chef John Williams OBE. A glass of chilled Champagne will be served to toast the occasion and the evening's success, and will be followed by a three-course dinner, impeccably served as always.
Chef Williams' menu will be chosen to reflect the season and the freshest ingredients of the day. It is too soon to know the exact menu, but were we to dine today we would start, for example, with roast scallop with pumpkin, bacon and beach herbs, or chestnut veloute with sea buckthorn and wild mushrooms, or hen's egg with charred leeks, comte and flowers.
Main courses may include roast partridge with salsify, walnut and golden raisin, or Gloucester Old Spot pork with broccoli, turnip and caramelised onion, or brill with Beluga lentils, mussels and Champagne sauce.
To follow, you may choose from the celebrated Pear Williams Soufflé with prune and Armagnac ice-cream, or white chocolate mousse with lime and mint.
Whatever is on the menu for the evening, we can be sure that it will be seasonal, interesting and delicious.
Tickets for the full evening at the Royal Opera House and the Ritz Hotel Restaurant, including the best seats in the Orchestra Stalls for the Royal Ballet's 'Giselle', and Champagne three-course dinner, cost £149 per person for our Members, including service charge, VAT and your taxi to the Ballet: the full value is £218 and others have paid £115 for these ballet tickets alone. We have only a limited number of the very best seats at the Ballet and tables at The Ritz for this evening, so please book immediately by calling Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or click here to make immediate bookings online for the Royal Ballet and Champagne Dinner at The Ritz.
To book for Ballet tickets only at the special price of £73 (instead of the full price of £115), please use code RB04CC04.
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