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  1. The Sunday Times has a review of the Naghdi/Ball and Hayward/Campbell Giselle today, plus the first night of Winter's Tale, all very favourable to Matthew Ball
  2. Enjoyed last night's Winter's Tale more than I did last time round, although it's not my favourite ballet, possibly due to the music, but it seemed tighter last night and had a marvellous cast, Ryoichi Hirano's less overtly expressive Leontes worked for me, and Claire Calvert was serene as Hermione. The second Act was a real joy, Francesca Hayward and James Hay, and Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Benjamin Ella were thrilling couples, and good to see Reece Clarke as Polixenes but he did seem a bit young for the role. Sitting high up made me appreciate the scenery and the special effects more, which probably is the reason the ballet is so popular. Looking forward to Fumi Kaneko and Federico Bonelli, and I think I'll book for the cinema now, the chance to see Ryoichi Hirano again and Vadim Muntagirov is enticing!
  3. Agree with all comments, thought I was seeing Alina again, Giselle suits Francesca Hayward perfectly, and have never seen such an emotional Alexander Campbell who looked close to tears throughout Act 2, also sensational Myrtha from Mayara Magri, such strong footwork and huge jetes yet all her dancing was soundless and soft, I applauded 3 times during her opening solo, my new favourite Myrtha! Nice to see the very fluid Fumi Kaneko in the peasant pdd too. Looking forward to seeing the photo's now.
  4. Yes, I was always slightly on the left and never did see the Sylphide disappear up the chimney or from the chair! I thought of upgrading but decided to stick with my £12 seats, the front row of the Balcony gives an amazing view, compared to the ROH amphi ticket which cost £35 and felt much further away from the stage!
  5. I was at the Saturday matinee and there appeared to be more ballet fans about, good atmosphere and more applause than at some of the other performances I had been to, nice way to end this mini season, I saw 5 La Sylphides in total, the McWhinney/Arrieta cast twice, thought they were slightly better on Saturday. My favourite cast was the Takahashi/Tamayo/Kloborg one, it seemed more in the Danish spirit somehow, probably due to Eva Kloborg, I found the other Madges not quite as dramatic Cesar Corrales was as amazing and intense as Ivan Vasiliev in Jeunne Homme, whereas Isaac Hernandez was softer, but just as anguished, not a bad thing, missed seeing Joseph Caley. Although I always sat high up and missed some of the scenery, The Times review confirmed that the flashing Citreon sign was missing, wonder why. Shame there were so many empty seats, out of the 5 performances I was able to sit in the seat I had booked three times, the other 2 times I was moved to the Upper Circle, ENB don't seem to have a regular audience for the cheaper seats although the Stalls and Dress Circle always seemed full.
  6. An absolutely beautiful performance last night from Akane Takada and Benjamin Ella, a perfect partnership in every way, couldn't believe it was his debut, plus finally got to see Claire Calvert's Myrtha, one of those very special Covent Garden nights!!!
  7. Just a brief word because I'm going again tomorrow, thrilled by Tamara Rojo and Ivan Vasiliev in the Petit, although obviously slightly less high-powered, the Begona Cao and Isaac Hernandez debuts were exciting too, looking forward to Cesar Corrales tomorrow ! Lovely performances in La Sylphide both nights especially by Rina Kanehara who was enchanting, Henry Dowden is looking very good, saw him both nights as Gurn, will say more after seeing tomorrow's, a little confused by all the different names at the moment whilst juggling cast sheets, especially as one of them says Song of the Earth when it was Jeunne Homme!
  8. I saw Saturday evening's performance and as on Wednesday I liked the way ENB danced Song of the Earth, it felt more lyrical and less full of gloom than usual, and it was great to see Tamara Rojo, wish she was dancing the Sylphide too. Liked the first Sylphide cast on Saturday, looking forward to seeing different ones this week, I'm not booked to see him but won't mind if Ciro Tamayo dances James again! Good to see the Balcony almost full again, hope ticket sales pick up this week.
  9. Went last night, although I was disappointed the Balcony had been closed, for once I had a comfortable seat and a good view in the Upper Circle, lots of others didn't as there was the usual musical chairs during the intervals. Although I'm never going to really like Song of the Earth I did quite enjoy last night, I felt it was lighter in mood than usual, for me a good thing though it probably shouldn't have been, looked out for Henry Dowden as I read he was born in Sussex (Haywards Heath), thought he gave an excellent debut as The Messenger, and saw Jurgita Dronina for the first time as The Woman, remember particularly also liking Tiffany Hedman and James Streeter together. It was La Sylphide I went to see and I was very happy with the production and the cast, Erina Takahashi was light and ethereal and ideal for the Sylphide, Ciro Tamayo was a revelation as James, and of course Eva Kloborg lived the role of Madge, was also very impressed with Daniel Kraus as Gurn and Francesca Velicu as Effie, glad I went last night, lots of new dancers to enjoy!
  10. ENB Coliseum Jan 2018

    Isn't it a shame that all those people who have packed the Coliseum for Nutcracker don't want to see something different this week with the same Company, can never understand it!
  11. I wonder if there's a printing error, there are so many £29 amphi seats, the same price to sit in the centre block from rows P-S and at the very ends of the rows doesn't make sense.
  12. I presume the ROH is trying to copy the National Theatre in opening the theatre all day, whether that encourages people to buy tickets for the evening I very much doubt, especially at the ROH prices, I like to wander around the National Theatre in the afternoon sometimes to look at the free exhibitions, at the shop, and just sit and relax, but never think to buy a ticket unless already planned
  13. There are no prices on the seating plan for normal performances either, although there are for the opera, something about seat allocations changing which probably means less cheaper seats, also in the future there won't even be a seating plan in the Friends Brochure, looks as if they are trying to force everyone to book online.
  14. What a lot of ballet in June, Swan Lake at the ROH, Sleeping Beauty at the Coliseum 6-16th, BRB at SW 12-16th, and now another Company which at least doesn't clash at 21-23rd June!
  15. I probably say the same ballets every year, but without having to think too hard: La Bayadere (either the full length or Nureyev's Shades act) Cinderella (at Christmas, perhaps instead of or as well as Nutcracker) Daphnis and Chloe Images of Love Les Biches Onegin Raymonda act 3