Very sad news. I saw Nikolai Borisovich Fadeechev on stage many times, he was a true danseur noble. As a répétiteur he was adored by his illustrious pupils. He was also a real gentleman, with welcoming affable manners. I translated a few remarks made by ballerinas who danced with him.
Galina Ulanova: "Before the tour of London, we rehearsed with Fadechev in Moscow, but we never danced together in any performance. We did it in England for the first time. Any fears would have been needless. Fadeechev is a talented classical dancer. It turned out that he was a good partner too, he has hands I felt myself comfortable in. He quickly became a Principal in our troupe."
Marina Kondratieva: “In our choreographic school, we, girls, were competing on who will be dancing with Kolya at the duet class.”
Lyudmila Semenyaka: “I look at Nikolai Fadeechev as one of the gods of the ballet Olympus. He is a great master and an amazing human being. Dancing with him was a great happiness. He is a unique, one-of-a-kind partner who not only supports the ballerina, but gives her the opportunity to soar freely on stage. Nikolai Borisovich is my godfather in art.”
Raisa Struchkova: “He danced splendidly, in his own individual manner - it was sublime, delicate, refreshingly beautiful.”
Maya Plisetskaya: “I’m sure most of the people who, after reading the article, will think: Why is Plisetskaya praising Fadeechev so much? I am writing this article so that the colleagues who work with him knew that there is such an artist who can not be spoiled by any praise, an artist who can be an example to follow."
Nikolai Fadeechev was Galina Ulanova’s Albert at that legendary performance of “Giselle” at Covent Garden attended by the Queen and later recorded for posterity.
Act 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WQ_hCJ5S9M
Act 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heYiHlKcJWg