Tchaikovsky : La Reine Morte (The Dead Queen)

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La Reine Morte (The Dead Queen) after Montherlant: a poignant ballet designed by Kader Belarbi to the immortal music of Tchaikovsky for the Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse.

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Tchaikovsky : La Reine Morte (The Dead Queen)

La Reine Morte (The Dead Queen) after Montherlant: a poignant ballet designed by Kader Belarbi to the immortal music of Tchaikovsky for the Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse.

Originally created for the Ballet du Capitole in 2011, La Reine morte is Kader Belarbi’s spectacular ballet, based on Henri de Montherlant’s play of the same name.

The story follows Don Pedro, Prince of Portugal, who has fallen in love with Doña Inés de Castro, a lady-in-waiting of the Infanta – Pedro’s would-be wife. The sweethearts are married in secret, to the fury of the King, and the ensuing drama combines events in the real world with the two lovers’ dreams and visions.

The ballet harks back to the classical style, but brings a refreshing new insight to the genre of the tragic love story. The choreography is set to a selection of pieces by the quintessential composer of ballet music, Tchaikovsky.


Tchaikovsky : La Reine Morte (The Dead Queen) [DVD & Blu-ray]

Music : Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto : Kader Belarbi after Henri de Montherlant

King Ferrante : Artjom Maksakov
Doña Ines De Castro : Maria Gutierrez
Don Pedro : Davit Galstyan
The Infanta : Juliette Thélin
Fool : Takafumi Watanabe
Fool / Advisor : Matthew Astley
Fool / Deceased Bride : Kayo Nakazato
Fool / Deceased Bride : Caroline Betancourt
Close Advisor to the King : Demian Vargas

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Conductor : Koen Kessels

Choreography : Kader Belarbi

Sets : Bruno de Lavenère
Lighting design : Sylvain Chevallot
Costumes : Olivier Bériot


“Set skilfully to various Tchaikovsky extracts, Kader Belarbi’s ballet recreates a tragic and even bizarre episode of 14th century Portuguese history. Strikingly set and accessibly choreographed, the ballet offers a succession of striking visual images. The Toulouse company’s performance, expertly captured in this recording, could hardly be bettered.” – MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL – Choix des critiques  2016

Technical informations

HD recording : Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse | 01/2015
TV direction : Luc Riolon
Release date
: 1st March 2016
Distribution : Outhere Distribution France

: OA1201D
Barcode : 809478012016
Running time : 110 min.
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Region code : 0

Reference : OABD7191D
Barcode : 809478071914
Running time : 110 min.
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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