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  1. I didn't attend the performance but I wonder if Osipova struggled tonight because she didn't have enough rehearsal time? (given her busy schedule with a recent project of hers).
  2. Obviously I would be glad to see Hallberg and Osipova together in something like Romeo and Juliet, but I cannot help but think Corrales and Osipova would make a great match as well. Both exuberant and youthful looking (If that's the most apt word?) Osipova is a mature artist, but I've always felt she has that uncanny ability to transform into a teenage girl when necessary. So, they (in my opinion) could be something special. Though, weirdly enough, I'm not so convinced about their partnership in La Bayadere. Only time will tell!
  3. I have a feeling that if the Royal Ballet ever releases a DVD of this production in 2020 (as that should be when they revive swan lake again), it'll most likely be of Takada/McRae. If not, probably Lamb/Hirano. I'm hoping Takada as I would like to see them feature some of the newest female principals in these great roles. Though, I wish Hirano would be granted that opportunity since he tends to be overlooked. He is definitely one of my favorite male principals.
  4. I hope it is nothing serious as Lauren already missed out on Giselle.
  5. While I'm at it...Here is another review by New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay on David Hallberg and Natalia Osipova's performance of Giselle, as well as the rest of the run with Sarah Lane and Misty Copeland starring as Giselle. Very interesting and enlightening remarks! Beautiful pictures as well. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/20/arts/dance/giselle-natalia-osipova-american-ballet-theater.html
  6. https://balletomanehk.com/2018/05/20/giselle-natalia-david/ Here is another beautifully-written review of Hallberg and Osipova by a "regular ballet-goer." Interesting how I often prefer reading commentary from audience members more so than "real critics." The reviews even on this forum are so much more detailed and substantial.
  7. Interestingly, I would love to see Ball and Osipova together in Don Quixote, too. I really think Ball would make a great Basilio. Their dynamic would be different from the Vasiliev partnership but more like that of Osipova and Leonid Sarafanov, another partnership I love.
  8. I agree! This is how I feel about Maria Alexandrova's, too. They are the only Gamzattis I have ever empathized with.
  9. It'll be interesting to see which combo proves more satisfactory: Nunez as Nikiya and Osipova as Gamzatti or Osipova as Nikiya and Nunez as Gamzatti? I'm sure both will be great, though. Osipova's Nikiya at the Bolshoi is among my favorites and Nunez's Gamzatti as well.
  10. Just wondering, when does casting for the winter season usually come out? I'm really curious to see which cast will be shown in the cinemas for Don Quixote. I'm hoping I can see Corrales, but I don't know if they would broadcast a first soloist in the main lead?
  11. Sorry! Vadim Muntagirov and Natalia Osipova.
  12. On a brighter note: Was just looking at videos of Vadim as Solor, and came across this gem of Natalia as Gamzatti. Wow. Can't wait to see them together in this, plus Nunez. (*Her solo is at 5:44).
  13. All classical roles are not the same. Even if one excels as Aurora (and fits the role), they may not be suited for Swan Lake or La Bayadere, for instance. I find that to be the case for Hayward. But I think all of the RB's principal dancers are beautiful (including Hayward!). They each have something to offer. * Just in case my comments get misconstrued, I only mentioned Hayward because others brought her up. My intentions were not to disparage her or question her abilities, etc.
  14. When was the last time the ROH staged Paquita? (If ever?)