I saw last night's performance and today's matinee and I really enjoyed it. It's not quite as good as Woolf Works, but it's similar in aims and structure (eg: the first act is quite close to the literary source while the last one is pretty abstract). The score is beautiful and I hope it gets recorded and released soon.
The second cast is not quite as starry as the first one, but still impeccable. On the whole there is a lot to admire and even something to love. I particularly liked the Ulysses (Calvin Richardson last night, Harry Churches at the matinee) scene after Paolo & Francesca, and the so called Pope's adagio toward the end of Act 1. I thought Purgatory was absolutely gorgeous and by far the most poignant and cohesive part of the show. After such a beautiful and moving piece, the third act is a bit anti-climatic and I agree with what was said earlier on about Paradise being the least successful part of the ballet.
The role was clearly written for Edward Watson, who is a terrific Dante – and what a role to end a career with! With his freakishly long limbs and elasticity Watson conveys great depth of anguish: his Dante almost never leaves the "dark wood" of his mind and, as danced by Watson, is a figure of great suffering and introspection. Bonelli's portrayal is very different, but equally compelling. His body and skills are different from Watson's and Bonelli's Dante is perhaps least successful in Hell, but really shines in Purgatory and Heaven. He has a more masculine and romantic presence and his pdd with Beatrice is particularly moving. He is, I think, a better partner than Watson, who is sensational when dances on his own and maybe slightly less so in other movements. They're both great for different reasons, but it's pretty much Watson's role.
For me it's a solid 4* production and I think I'll try to catch it one more time, although I don't know if I want to see it again with Bonelli or Watson!
Btw, @Rob S, do you happen to have taken a pic of Bonelli at the curtain call? If so I would love to see it – I hate that ROH is not showing any material with them!