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  1. Thanks Jan. I've watched the MB Swan Lake recording a couple of times now and I'm not sure I'd enjoy it live and was relying on at least having the music live. The problem is when I watch it and I hear the music I can't help but think of all the traditional Swan Lakes with the classical ballet and feel I wish I was watching that instead.
  2. Can anyone comment on Don Q's comment? I'm in two minds as to whether to see this at Milton Keynes but if it's not a live orchestra I'll definitely not bother. Does anyone know what they usually do at MK for MB's Swan Lake re the orchestra? (Other ballet companies bring an orchestra to MK).
  3. And in the same vein here is Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares giving both sides of the mime. This is the ROH guide that made me really appreciate what ballet was all about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UtQAoLVu2A The action starts at 1:35 if you're impatient .
  4. Amelia, do you know how long this is available for as I won't be able to watch for a few days?
  5. Lots of great ballets for me as well this year but only two performances stood head and shoulders above the rest. At number two is Yasmine Naghdi with her marvellous tear-inducing Odette/Odile in her Swan Lake debut. But an easy number one is Alina Cojocaru as Aurora in ENB’s Sleeping Beauty. It was a sleepy mid-week matinee audience, in a far from full London Coliseum, that was woken up when the divine Cojocaru gave a performance that not only entranced the audience but seemed to raise the game of the whole ENB company.
  6. And here is a link with a long long cast list . https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bwdcvy
  7. You may be right. I'm a potential new opera enthusiast (I went to my first two operas this year) and La Traviata is high on my to-see list but the prices are just too much to justify.
  8. Hi Alice, I’ve got the S9 as well and I’m not too impressed with curtain call pictures either (as you say over exposure is the issue). The way I get round it is to zoom-in and this works to a certain extent but is not great. Another way round it, which I have not yet tried for ballet pictures, but should work, is as follows. In AUTO mode if you tap the screen where your subject is then the camera adjusts the exposure for that small area (until the scene changes). Now take your picture. Best tip I have is to hope Don Q Fan goes to the same performance as you then pinch her pictures when she posts them .
  9. I posted this link on the DVD thread. Looks like the new production . Scroll down a bit to find it. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/xmas18tv/bbctwo
  10. It does say "The Royal Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet in a brand-new production by young choreographer Liam Scarlett, with sumptuous and evocative designs by John Macfarlane." and "Starring the Argentinian ballerina Marianela Nuñez in the hugely challenging dual-role of Odette/Odile, with Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried". https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/xmas18tv/bbctwo Edit: since this has gone over a page break I am adding that is for a TV showing not a DVD. Don't get too excited about the DVD release yet .
  11. Just wanted to add that the main reason for this is the disproportionate increase in the prices of my favourite seats and because matinee prices are now the same as evening prices.
  12. I totally agree. I used to enjoy the whole ROH experience, I didn’t mind paying the slightly over the top prices in the bar and I’d buy my ballet blu rays in the ROH shop rather than the cheapest online because I felt it was a good way to waste my money. The new management are enthusiastically diminishing the ROH experience whilst openly trying to squeeze as much money from me as they can. They’ve changed the rules of the game so I’ve changed my rules to match. I’ll give the bar a miss, buy my discs online and there’ll be more trips to Sadler’s Wells and the Coliseum and less to ROH. On the way home after last night’s triple bill I reflected on how I feel about the ROH and especially on how to put a positive spin on it. I remain very positive towards the Royal Ballet (how could I feel otherwise after the joy of Symphony in C?) but extremely disappointed with the ROH. The most damning thing I can say is that I am very happy that I’ve only got one more ROH ticket before Christmas and then nothing at Covent Garden until Don Q. Hopefully they’ll have sorted themselves out by next March.
  13. Happy to help . And to stay on topic, how amazing was Anna Rose O'Sullivan last night? And those students livened up the place a bit 🤣.
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