Shostakovich : The Taming of the Shrew

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A lively and witty reinterpretation of Shakespeare‘s comic masterpiece, performed by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo of choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot.

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Shostakovich : The Taming of the Shrew

A lively and witty reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, performed by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo of choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot.

The Taming of the Shrew conveys the idea that there’s someone for everyone, irrespective of who or what you are. Who can judge a relationship with an outside eye? Love works in mysterious ways, and it isn’t for us to question it
– Jean-Christophe Maillot

The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katharina, a strong-willed woman, and Petruchio, a gentleman determined to “tame” her. But through verbal jousts and tricks, their relationship turns into an unexpected love… Meanwhile, several suitors compete for the hand of Katharina’s sweet sister Bianca. A humorous and ironic exploration of the themes of love and marriage!

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s inspired adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew won three Golden Masks (best choreographic show, best male dancer (Petruchio) and best female dancer (Katharina)) and has toured the world to great acclaim since it was created for the Bolshoi in 2013.

Now Maillot’s own Monte Carlo Ballet bring this “funny, fast-witted version” (The Guardian) to the screen, with a fresh and witty re-interpretation of the combative relationship between Katharina and Petruchio as they fight to find true love.

Set to an inspired selection of some of Shostakovich’s most memorable film music, this is one of the finest “Shakespeare ballets” and not to be missed.

SPECIAL FEATURE : De l’amour, a feature length documentary about Jean-Christophe Maillot


Chostakovitch : The Taming of the Shrew [DVD & Blu-ray]

Ballet in two acts

Music : Dmitri Shostakovich
Libretto : Jean-Christophe Maillot after William Shakespeare

Katharina : Ekaterina Petina
 : Matej Urban
: Katrin Schrader
 : Adam Reist
Baptista : Christian Tworzyanski
Hortensio : Simone Tribuna
The Widow : Anna Blackwell
Gremio : Daniele Delvecchio
Lucentio : Taeyong An

Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Conductor : Igor Dronov

Choreography and stage direction : Jean-Christophe Maillot

Sets : Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costumes : Augustin Maillot
Lighting design : Dominique Drillot

Press review

“Maillot’s work is generally replete with a sense of irony and eroticism…

… The production was excellent…” – DANCE TABS

Technical informations

HD recording : Grimaldi Forum | 07/2020
TV direction : Louise Narboni
Release date
: 1er September 2021
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: OA1339D
Barcode : 809478013396
Running time : 84 min. (ballet) + 55 min. (bonus)
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Region code : 0

Reference : OABD7293D
Barcode : 809478072935
Running time : 84 min. (ballet) + 55 min. (bonus)
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

About Opus Arte

Founded as a production company by Hans Petri in 1999, Opus Arte released its first DVD in 2001. From the outset, the label has been releasing recordings from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, one of the closest and longest-standing relationships they have had. So much so that in 2007 the ROH acquired Opus Arte, which in turn became their in-house DVD label. In 2018 the label joined the Naxos family, although its continues to work very closely with the ROH and maintains its base of operations at the Royal Opera House in London.

Opus Arte now boasts a catalogue of over 800 programmes, including recordings in 4K, 3-D and Dolby ATMOS, and was one of the first labels to release high definition content on Blu-ray. They proudly associate with many of the world’s finest arts organisations, which aside from the Royal Opera House includes Glyndebourne, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Teatro Real, Bayreuth, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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