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  1. Great to see. I’m going to try to get tickets for one of the mixed bills in November. I have missed it so much.
  2. When first Vadim Muntagirov, and then Natalia Osipova, were replaced I was rather disappointed. But the cast we had last night with Marianela Nunez and Roberto Bolle was I thought outstanding. It is such a passionate ballet and the two leads were wonderful. This was the first ballet I ever saw, about 12 years ago, and it was the thing that opened my eyes to dance, which I'd never really been interested in. So "Onegin" is special for me - but I do also think it is special in its own right. Anyway, I was prepared to be disappointed and I was in fact blown away again. Fabulous. Aren't we lucky, in London, to have so many great dancers, musicians, theatres, conductors, producers, designers etc etc etc? I do feel very privileged.
  3. I think Marianela Nuñez has the goddess in her. That was extraordinary. So much else was wonderful, it was a stupendous performance. But Nikiya was pure witchcraft; what a privilege to see. Thank you RB
  4. Le Beaujolais in Lichfield Street is a good wine bar
  5. Balcony right standing ticket GBP11.00. It says not suitable for people of short stature. Restricted view. This is an e ticket so easy to deliver
  6. I have a standing ticket, Balcony Right C64 but can’t go. Price £8 or make me an offer, I’d rather it is used than wasted. I’m going on holiday so it isn’t all bad news! I leave on 14th so after 13th it won’t be possible to post it. Graham
  7. Aargh I had two orch stalls for 9 March but have returned them now. Sorry, bother, grr
  8. I’ve returned them to ROH box office. But it is possible if they have not been resold yet that they may still be available if anyone is interested
  9. Orchestra stalls left. £112 per ticket, face value. I can deliver in Central London by arrangement. It’s the last performance, curtain 730pm. Very sad to miss it
  10. We went last night and I thought it was a fabulous night out. I wonder why this isn’t the sort of winter tradition that Nutcracker is. FB was a tiny bit shaky at first but warmed up and was a beautiful Aminta. I wonder whether NO is maybe not as focused on it as she can be though it was her debut I think so perhaps a few errors are not surprising: really small things but her technique is normally something that you can just take for granted...and she isn’t a very convincing huntress figure, somehow. Minor gripes. She is always so watchable. But what a show! The staging is just gorgeous without being a farrago of glitter and fuss. The music is so lush and the orchestra and soloists were on top form. I’m not knowledgeable enough to critique dancers really but Eros was outstanding. The costumes are wonderful, sort of Poussin via the 1950s. So many good things. Makes you proud to be human
  11. Last night we saw a triple bill at the Vienna State Opera house. I am not an expert, so please bear that in mind.... it was really a great evening. ‘Concerto’ ‘Eden|Eden’ and ‘Marguerite and Armand’. First thing I have to say is that the orchestra was superb. I think the music in ROH has improved a lot over the last 3 or 4 years but this was to my ear really a notch above. The dancing was beautiful. I was really impressed by Nikita Fogo, Nina Polokává, Roman Lazik in ‘Concerto’. The corps was outstanding too. The ‘Marguerite and Armand’ was odd. Fantastic music with a Japanese pianist, and we were knocked out by that. But the piece is strange I think. I’ve seen it once before and somehow it seems to leave me cold. That said the dancers again were as good as any I’ve seen: Ludmilla Konvalova and Jakob Feyferlik, who was really well cast as well as being wonderfully passionate and athletic. It was also interesting to see the theatre itself. The auditorium is probably a bit smaller than Covent Garden, and not as plush. But some of the public areas are stunning, despite being furnished and catered in a faintly municipal style. Although tickets are expensive I ge5 the impression the money is spent on Theda ding and the music, not on creating a ‘Wonderful Customer Experience’. Maybe they don’t ge5 as many corporate buyers of tickets in Vienna. I’d thoroughly recommend it. Sold out on a cold Monday in November, with a fairly challenging programme, so a good audience.
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