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COPPELIA (article first published : 2001-08-12)

On August 19 at 18h00, BBC Prime on DStv will broadcast the much-loved 19th-Century ballet Coppelia. Filmed at the Royal Opera House and introduced by Deborah Bull, the programme presents this classic work with its magical score by Delibes live from the Royal Ballet in the production by its founder, Dame Ninette de Valois. The production also features Osbert Lancaster's original and charming designs.

The enigmatic Coppelia, believed to be the daughter of the reclusive toy maker Coppelius, sits on her father's balcony, seemingly oblivious to the world around her. The capricious Swanilda is angered by Coppelia's aloof attitude and becomes even more alarmed when her fiancÚ Franz begins to take more than a passing interest in the girl. When she breaks into Coppelius's house to confront her rival, she soon realises that Coppelia is not quite what she seems.




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