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Aruna S

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  1. Two of mine have ballet related names. There's Estella Esmeralda Rojo-Osipova, who is a tabby who has become plump, as ex-ballerinas sometimes do (cough). The other is a beautiful black cat named Georgette (after Georgette Tsingurides) Narcissa Kitri, the last name because of the way she holds her tail which is very long with a little curl at the end.
  2. I remember seeing Hallberg and Nunez in a dazzling performance of Sylvia in Rome, I think it was in 2010. Last week I saw him with Zakharova in Giselle at La Scala. While he is definitely a very different dancer from the brilliant and spectacular one who danced at the Bolshoi, before his long illness/injury-related absence, he continues to have an extraordinarily graceful presence, very reminiscent of Erik Bruhn. IMO, of course.
  3. Thank you so much Don Q Fan! I'm glad I missed your reference in the earlier post and asked my question because there's so much detail in your reply :-) I'm 1.57m so a good bit shorter than you... but with the rake and your experience of the stalls I'll go for that.
  4. I found this very useful thread (thank you alison!) after searching the forum. The Deutsche Oper in Berlin isn't included, could someone very kindly tell me what the rake is like? I've already booked for several Wagner operas next May, but didn't bother about the view. Now, however, I'm booking for Giselle which is on while I'm there. The specific areas I'm looking at are Rang 2, (the first row unless there's an annoying safety rail) or Rang 1 from the third row onwards. These are in the 2nd price category, though I would be happier with the 3rd category if the rows 6 and 7 aren't affected by an overhang or something. Of course the same applies for these categories in the stalls, depending on the rake since I am somewhat short. Many thanks.
  5. Obraztsova will be guesting in Don Q in Rome on 15th and 17th October. https://www.operaroma.it/en/shows/don-quixote/ I remember seeing her Giselle in Rome a few years ago. Words cannot describe how wonderful she was.
  6. I've been waiting to see this ballet live since I first saw it at the cinema in 2011, and loved every moment of it.
  7. IIRC, when Paris says that girls younger than Juliet are already mothers, Lord Capulet replies that being a mother so early could 'mar' a girl. I remember clearly that in the Zeffirelli film he made this comment and looked at his wife, as an example.
  8. I ate at the Crush Room on my very first visit to the ROH for The Sleeping Beauty in 2008. It was pretty expensive, and while the food was good the portions were tiny. But the whole experience was wonderful, and I always meant to go back but it's probably completely different now. Other than that my only experience with ROH food has been the truffled egg sandwiches served during The Ring, again very expensive but very good. Possibly the fact that I was famished made them taste better!
  9. I don't like the ballgowns either, they look quite tacky imo. The original costumes are so beautiful and perfect for this ballet, it's a pity they felt the need to change.
  10. Unfortunately my browser gave me an error message every time I pressed the Back button. Never mind, I got my tickets and that's what matters!
  11. I've just booked for "The Bright Stream" with the Victor Hochhauser list priority. It was quite an annoying process. After selecting my tickets, I wanted to have a look at availability for other productions, but the 'continue shopping' link took me to the main page. After the laborious process of finding the date on the event calendar, a message appeared saying general booking opens in April. I had to go back to the VH email and click on the link to get to the right page. This needless faffing about put me off considerably. I left my comments on the feedback pop-up but I doubt whether anyone cares.
  12. I have, Don Q Fan. This has replaced Onegin as my favourite ballet since I first saw it in Munich a few years ago. I find the whole concept fascinating and very intense. Last April I saw it in Hamburg where it was beautifully danced, although I have a soft spot for the performers in the dvd (Bubcenik, Riabko, Azzoni etc) The only negative is that it has ruined all other Swan Lakes for me!
  13. This thread prompts me to write about a not very pleasant incident during my last visit to the ROH. I went for the Ring, and would usually pop in to the Grand Tier or the Stalls during the intervals to chat with friends there. When I did this during Siegfried (i.e. day 3 of the cycle) I was chased - literally chased - by an usher calling "here, wait a minute, here". When I realised he was talking to me (I'm not used to being addressed as "here") I stopped and asked what the matter was. He asked if I was there for the performance and I said "well, obviously", and walked away. Another usher had come up and joined him and I heard her hissing "ask to see her ticket" , but nothing further was said to me. I didn't connect this to Open Up and the fact that apparently anyone can wander in off the street *and get into the auditorium during a performance*, and was quite annoyed, to put it mildly. I still feel that I was treated rudely, but there is some justification for the ushers I suppose. It made me feel very unwelcome, which is sad because I travel regularly for ballet/Wagner and have spent quite a lot of money at the ROH.
  14. Re sustenance during the intervals, I had to go and forage during the second interval of Siegfried since I was beginning to feel weak. The truffled egg sandwiches in the Paul Hamlyn bar were really good, so much so that I chose them again for Goetterdaemerung. I think it was very kind of the ROH to provide plenty of free water, a gracious gesture which I haven't so far seen anywhere else, certainly not at Bayreuth.
  15. I completely agree about the killing of Erda. It makes no sense, especially when you consider that the Norns' wisdom comes from her. Surely they would have noticed that she was dead and that the newsfeed wasn't being updated? I also found the rapprochement of Brunnhilde and Gutrune absurd, why would a vengeful ex-Valkyrie comfort the 'harlot' who had led her husband astray? How was Gunther? I saw the third cycle and his voice didn't seem to carry well.
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