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It’ll be my longest break from opera and ballet since I started keeping track properly a few years ago (off season excluded).

 

I’ll be catching Osipova/Muntagirov near the end of the run though.

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Goodness me, just realised there's very little left to see for me too :( 

Two Don Q.s 

NO Frankenstein 

Will only return when R&J performances start

and one Firebird.

Season over. 

Saving lots of money :) 

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2 hours ago, Richard LH said:

Anyone else getting excited about DON Q?

Opening night tomorrow, live cinema Tuesday.....

 

to see Yasmine Naghdi, Akane Takada, Fumi Kaneko - yes, indeed!

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9 minutes ago, Xandra Newman said:

Saving lots of money :) 

 

But some great NB, BRB, ENB and SF Ballet action coming up at Sadler’s Wells, even if you’re not tempted by the Bolshoi!

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Forgot ENB!
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Well I actually like this DonQ and am looking forward to seeing all the casts.  I can do this from the money saved on Frankenstein!  

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I'm not hugely keen on this Don Q (I think that it's the dull costumes which dampen the excitement for me). But, with casts we have................. WOW! It will be terrific. And I mean the Basilios as well as the Kitris, the Espadas as well as the Mercedes  - well, just about everyone. Bring it on!

 

 

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I don't hate it, but neither do I love it enough to care about missing even some of the most promising casts.

 

Seeing Nunez/Muntagirov and Kaneko/Bracewell next week, and then right at the other end of the run, Magri/Campbell*.

 

In between I seem to be keeping myself very busy with opera, not at the ROH (ENO, ETO, WNO, UCO and the RCM, among others!)

 

*I'm a bit sorry to miss Naghdi/Sambe, but one of their dates clashes with ETO and the other with ENO...

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A nice batch of tickets for tomorrow night has now appeared on the website :) 

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1 hour ago, alison said:

A nice batch of tickets for tomorrow night has now appeared on the website :) 

 

have they just had a quick check down the back of the sofa or summat?

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1 hour ago, alison said:

A nice batch of tickets for tomorrow night has now appeared on the website :) 

But I thought you weren't remotely interested, Alison! 🤔

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Doesn't stop me looking ...

 

Anyway, I was wondering if terminal boredom was going to set in before April if I didn't go :) 

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It might not be the best production of Don Q- true enough. But on the plus side you get:

A lot of fun

Great casts

Plenty of dancing

Some wonderful virtuoso set pieces in which to enjoy your favourite dancers showing off

A bit of silliness and a few naff moments to provide a chuckle

 

What's the problem??

 

Just what the Dr ordered!

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I agree Mary.  And to be honest, every production of DonQ that I have seen has been silly or naff or both.  I just go along for the fun and sun and don’t take it too seriously.  Having said which, there is some very difficult dancing in it!  

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I'm looking forward to seeing it because I've not seen it before & because it'll be my first time seeing either Campbell or Magri in principal roles in a full-length ballet. I rather wish I was seeing Muntagirov too but the only one of his dates that I can make is sold out so I'll have to see if any desirable returns pop up in the next few weeks.

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11 hours ago, alison said:

Not remotely, myself - just wondering what on earth I'm going to do with myself for the next month-and-a-half ;) 

 

My alternative thought: "Oh goody.  More gypsies :( ."

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Just had an email to say William Bracewell is injured and will be replaced by Daniel Camargo on 23 and 27 Feb - shipped in from Dutch National Ballet. He replaced Cesar Corrales who was out for injury. 

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19 minutes ago, Blossom said:

Just had an email to say William Bracewell is injured and will be replaced by Daniel Camargo on 23 and 27 Feb - shipped in from Dutch National Ballet. He replaced Cesar Corrales who was out for injury. 

Oh dear... he must be suspect now for his Creature in Frankenstein on 5th and 11th March, if not his later appearances on 20th and 23rd March.

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On a happier note, social media indicates that Kirti's "purple" girl friends tonight will again be the inimitable Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Yuhui Choe.

 

Also that the Dress Rehearsal (about to start) will be the Naghdi / Sambe   cast with Stix-Brunell as Mercedes and Ball as Espada. 

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40 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

 

Also that the Dress Rehearsal (about to start) will be the Naghdi / Sambe   cast with Stix-Brunell as Mercedes and Ball as Espada. 

 

dream casting!

I'm only a mere laurel green with envy!

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47 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

On a happier note, social media indicates that Kirti's "purple" girl friends tonight will again be the inimitable Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Yuhui Choe.

 

That reminds me, have they sorted out the issues with the flooring in this production now?  I think it was the first time I saw it (in the original run) that I saw Yuhui (in this role) slip and fall and have to be replaced for the last act.  There were other reported similar mishaps throughout the run.

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1 hour ago, Richard LH said:

Oh dear... he must be suspect now for his Creature in Frankenstein on 5th and 11th March, if not his later appearances on 20th and 23rd March.

 

:(

 

I'd like to think that his Don Q performances are being sacrificed in favour of those, but suspect I'm being over-optimistic, since I don't know how bad the injury is.

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1 hour ago, Blossom said:

Just had an email to say William Bracewell is injured and will be replaced by Daniel Camargo on 23 and 27 Feb - shipped in from Dutch National Ballet.

 

I'm still waiting for mine - or have they gone back to only emailing those who'd booked specifically for those performances?

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Foteini Christofilopoulou was at a short Royal Ballet photocall featuring Marianela Nuñez & Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote...

 


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Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote
© Foteini Christofilopoulou/ROH. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
 

 

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Marianela Nuñez in Don Quixote
© Foteini Christofilopoulou/ROH. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr
 

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Foteini Christofilopoulou: Marianela Nuñez & Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote
Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr

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3 hours ago, Bruce said:

Foteini Christofilopoulou was at a short Royal Ballet photocall featuring Marianela Nuñez & Vadim Muntagirov in Don Quixote...

 

Are the costumes they're in the ones for the final act wedding?

 

Is it usual for the RB to have to bring in a replacement from an external company when a dancer is injured or is exception & that they've run out of suitable men with so many injured/off elsewhere recently?

 

(PS If I'm asking too many questions that are blindingly obvious to those of you that know the piece then someone feel free to tell me to stop!)

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Does anyone know about or even seen dancing Daniel Camargo who is replacing Bracewell on the 27th? 

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16 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Does anyone know about or even seen dancing Daniel Camargo who is replacing Bracewell on the 27th? 

Absolutely! I have seen him many times in Amsterdam where he is a Principal. He's nice and tall too. I've always enjoyed his performances e.g. DonQ and La Dame aux Camellias most recently my only slight reservation is perhaps I don't get much expression/emotion off him. Dance wise he's very good. I think he'll be fine in DonQ here. 

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It seems, based on Social Media photos, that all the dancers were evacuated at this afternoon's rehearsal, and Yasmine Naghdi/Marcelino Sambe danced the General Rehearsal.

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Sadly they evacuated the building 5 minutes into Act II.  We had to wait about 40 minutes opposite the House in Bow Street before allowed back in.  They commenced Act II again and that was it finishing at 3.30 as originally scheduled.    Not sure if it was a fire drill exercise or there was an incident but no fire engines turned up!

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24 minutes ago, Xandra Newman said:

It seems, based on Social Media photos, that all the dancers were evacuated at this afternoon's rehearsal, and Yasmine Naghdi/Marcelino Sambe danced the General Rehearsal.

 

Yes, there was a fire alarm. The audience were told to stay put until they determined whether to evacuate us, which they did a few minutes later. 

It was a shame as they only got to the end of Act II because of the time wasted. 

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What a shame. Sorry to hear. 

 

A thrilling first night. Bravoes ringing out !

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