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26 minutes ago, Margaret said:

The Manon on Thursday 17th Oct is listed on the pdf as 1.30, but is 7.30pm on the web.  I would imagine the website is correct?

 

I would think so; there is unlikely to be a 1:30 matinee on a Thursday. 

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49 minutes ago, Jane S said:

Ria Peri did a Swan Lake in the 1970s but I can't remember if she was ever a principal.

She was a Solo Artist in 1975, a Principal by 1976. I have no references for 1977. By 1978 her name is no longer listed.

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28 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

 

I would think so; there is unlikely to be a 1:30 matinee on a Thursday. 

 

I think you’re probably right in this case, but matinee kick off times are very unpredictable at ROH and there are quite a few weekday matinees scheduled for next season.

 

I remember that there were several inconsistencies between the website and casting pdf listings for R&J: it turned out - only after members of this forum raised it directly with the box office and then I think a senior RB figure, each of which had a different view - that wires were crossed. Ultimately the casting pdf was accurate and the website wasn’t.

 

Maybe it’s worth someone clarifying this with ROH / RB.

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19 minutes ago, Darlex said:

She was a Solo Artist in 1975, a Principal by 1976. I have no references for 1977. By 1978 her name is no longer listed.

 

According to Alexander Bland’s The Royal Ballet: The First 50 Years, Ria Peri danced her Swan Lake (with David Wall if I recall correctly, not that I was at the performance, but I seem to remember a Dancing Times review) in 1976.

 

According to this book, Monica Mason danced her first Swan Lake in 1967 with the Touring Company, and I don’t think she became a principal until 1968.

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3 hours ago, Lynette H said:

I think Muriel Valtat did Odette/Odile in the Dowell production, and she wasn't a principal. 1998. 

 

That was another career that didn’t quite go as anticipated. I first saw her in a Swan Lake PdT and there was a lot of excitement around her. I don’t have much recollection of her Aurora at Hammersmith (I was so devastated that Deborah Bull was “off” for her only ever scheduled Aurora performance) but suddenly she seemed to be the Nurse in R & J. Incidentally, on the subject of that, is the lovely Romany Pajdak the only dancer so far to have been both Nurse and Juliet’s Friend in the same season ....

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3 hours ago, Bluebird said:

 

 

I seem to remember that Sarah Lamb danced Swan Lake while still a First Soloist.  However, I think she replaced an injured Principal and wasn't iniitially cast in the role.

 

She did indeed and I was there, although I have no recollection of who she replaced. My biggest memory is being disconcerted by her insistence on doing doubles in the foutées and getting out of time with the music ....

 

One of the things I like most about Naghdi is that her musicality seems so exceptional, the balances in the Rose Adagio (for example) being dictated exactly by the musical cue. Interesting to read from some of the R & J reports that her increasingly excellent classicism may have have mitigated again st her rawer expression as Juliet. 

 

Ballet remains such an astonishingly diverse and versatile art form even within examinations of one company’s approach to its repertoire ....

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23 hours ago, Mandy Kent said:

Saw Bolle as des Grieux years ago and thought he was terrific !

 

This may be the last time we see his Des Grieux. In June he's billed to dance his final performances with ABT. From Dance Magazine: "After over a decade of turning heads and breaking hearts at American Ballet Theatre, Roberto Bolle is saying good-bye to the company. The international star's final ABT performances will be as the idealistic Des Grieux…"

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I saw Bolle in Manon with Nuñez last time around and their combined performances changed my opinion of the ballet. As a pair they were compelling, emotional and technically astonishing. I’m very excited to get to see this casting again!

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2 minutes ago, John Mallinson said:

 

This may be the last time we see his Des Grieux. In June he's billed to dance his final performances with ABT. From Dance Magazine: "After over a decade of turning heads and breaking hearts at American Ballet Theatre, Roberto Bolle is saying good-bye to the company. The international star's final ABT performances will be as the idealistic Des Grieux…"

 

That Manon with Yanowsky was quite something. Up there with my finest RB memories (Mason and Nureyev in Swan Lake, Jenner and Baryshnikov in La Fillle mal gardée, Park and Wall in Giselle, Sibley’s last Manon with Dowell, Sibley’s last Cinderella with Wall, Collier and Mukhamedov in La Fille mal gardée, her last Giselle with Mukhamedov. Osipova’s first Giselle with Acosta, , Bonelli’s and Morera’s first Mayerling for starters). I’m thinking of overall performances. Individual triumphs are another matter. Interesting, in retrospect, how many of these are based in the 70’s/80’s and yet I have seen fantastic things in the last thirty years too. Perhaps time will have an effect on my retro-spectacles ....

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5 hours ago, Fonty said:

I am interested to know how many times has Odette/Odile been danced at the RB by a dancer who  was not a principal?  I am sure someone on this forum will know the answer!

I can’t answer the question, but I recently came across a pile of old programmes, including the programme for my first ever trip to the ROH, Thursday 13th May 1993, when the role of Odette/Odile was performed by Leanne Benjamin, who is listed as a First Soloist. (Adam Cooper was Siegfried, replacing an injured Jose Manuel Carreno).

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1 hour ago, Sophoife said:

...and of course there was the famous Beryl Grey début on her fifteenth birthday In 1942...was the company ranked then, though?

 

I bet the ROH website was easier to navigate in those days too. ☺️

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26 minutes ago, J_New said:

Wasn’t  Yanowsky’s Manon with Kenneth Greve?  

 

That was way back in 2004. She got two more chances to dance the role in  2014. Bolle cancelled the first (I think Golding replaced him) but he did dance the second with Acosta as Lescaut ....

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Is casting for the Linbury usually announced in advance? Curious as to who will be in the Monotones mixed bill. 

 

With only four performances I feel I am probably unlikely to get a seat though! Do Linbury performances get included in Friday Rush or not? 

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1 hour ago, CCL said:

I can’t answer the question, but I recently came across a pile of old programmes, including the programme for my first ever trip to the ROH, Thursday 13th May 1993, when the role of Odette/Odile was performed by Leanne Benjamin, who is listed as a First Soloist. (Adam Cooper was Siegfried, replacing an injured Jose Manuel Carreno).

 

Leanne Benjamin had been principal with other companies, including Sadlers Wells RB, before joining the RB, though.  And Sarah Lamb had also been a principal too, hadn't she?  I've got a feeling Bull might have been a bit like Choe is now.  Often cast in lead roles, while remaining a first soloist?

 

Bryony Brind's casting is amazing.  She had already been in the corps for 3 years, so it makes you wonder why she hadn't been promoted further up the ranks a bit earlier.  I never saw her dance, sadly.  I am pretty certain Bussell was a principal when she did her first SL, although probably a newly promoted one.  

 

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3 hours ago, Lizbie1 said:

I think you’re probably right in this case, but matinee kick off times are very unpredictable at ROH and there are quite a few weekday matinees scheduled for next season.

Sorry yes that's true, my mistake. 

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21 hours ago, Jamesrhblack said:

Although neither is a “go to” dancer for me, I also feel so sorry for Yuhui Choe and Melissa Hamilton, taken out of Aurora and Manon. Five years ago, Choe was the dancer chosen to replace Osipova as Aurora. Hamilton hasn’t had RB chances in the classics but her MacMillan work has been much admired. It must be incredibly difficult to maintain motivation as the next generation rises and passes you by when early signals suggested  you were that next generation.

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t agree more - I feel very disappointed for them as they have been given very little next season and any promotion is most likely out of the question now.

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1 hour ago, Fonty said:

 

Leanne Benjamin had been principal with other companies, including Sadlers Wells RB, before joining the RB, though.  And Sarah Lamb had also been a principal too, hadn't she?  I've got a feeling Bull might have been a bit like Choe is now.  Often cast in lead roles, while remaining a first soloist?

 

Bryony Brind's casting is amazing.  She had already been in the corps for 3 years, so it makes you wonder why she hadn't been promoted further up the ranks a bit earlier.  I never saw her dance, sadly.  I am pretty certain Bussell was a principal when she did her first SL, although probably a newly promoted one.  

 

I think I met Bryon when I was doing meet and greet at The Barbican and she accompanied the Duke of Kent.  They were both delightful.

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2 hours ago, Fonty said:

Leanne Benjamin had been principal with other companies, including Sadlers Wells RB, before joining the RB, though.  And Sarah Lamb had also been a principal too, hadn't she?  I've got a feeling Bull might have been a bit like Choe is now.  Often cast in lead roles, while remaining a first soloist?
 

 

Bull did become a principal, though. Whereas I don't think that will happen for Choe now.

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1 hour ago, bridiem said:

 

Bull did become a principal, though. Whereas I don't think that will happen for Choe now.

And was superb in Swan Lake, as well a developing her own unique company profile in Forsythe. her TV series, Dance, Ballerina, Dance, shows she was a much more versatile (as in non just strong and “modern”) artist than the company allowed her to be. 

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5 hours ago, CCL said:

I can’t answer the question, but I recently came across a pile of old programmes, including the programme for my first ever trip to the ROH, Thursday 13th May 1993, when the role of Odette/Odile was performed by Leanne Benjamin, who is listed as a First Soloist. (Adam Cooper was Siegfried, replacing an injured Jose Manuel Carreno).

Super Cooper! 

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6 hours ago, John Mallinson said:

 

This may be the last time we see his Des Grieux. In June he's billed to dance his final performances with ABT. From Dance Magazine: "After over a decade of turning heads and breaking hearts at American Ballet Theatre, Roberto Bolle is saying good-bye to the company. The international star's final ABT performances will be as the idealistic Des Grieux…"

 

Is he supposed to be retiring altogether soon or just leaving that company? I've not seen him dance so maybe I'd better book for Manon in case it's the only chance, although I'm slightly dubious about Nunez after finding her not ideal as Juliet.

 

3 hours ago, MAX said:

Melissa Hamilton should have stayed in Dresden !

 

When she wasn't listed for Manon I did start wondering if she was leaving, but then I spotted her down for Concerto. I guess it wouldn't be too surprising if she did leave though, given she's not being given much to do. I can only think of 5 roles she's done the entire season: Mary Vetsera, Juliet, Patineurs, Rose Fairy & Arabian dance. Have I missed anything? It's hardly full time employment compared to most of the other first soloists.

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9 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

I'm slightly dubious about Nunez after finding her not ideal as Juliet.

 

As much as I adore Nuñez, she’s not a Juliet I would book for again; I just think there are other dancers much better suited to the role.  However, to me, she is just wonderful as Manon, one of my absolute favourites.  If you haven’t seen this, here’s a taster:

 

https://youtu.be/pyAdb6xTel8

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27 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 

Is he supposed to be retiring altogether soon or just leaving that company? I've not seen him dance so maybe I'd better book for Manon in case it's the only chance, although I'm slightly dubious about Nunez after finding her not ideal as Juliet.

He is only retiring from ABT. He will continue to dance with La Scala and with his “Roberto Bolle and Friends” tours (as well as other engagements, like the RB in the fall).  The opportunities to see him in a full-length classic or neoclassic ballet, however, may be somewhat limited: in addition to their Onegins at La Scala this fall, he and Nunez will dance it on tour in Southern California next summer, and he’s also scheduled for La Dame aux Camellias with Zakharova in the fall of 2020.

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6 hours ago, Fonty said:

I've got a feeling Bull might have been a bit like Choe is now.  Often cast in lead roles, while remaining a first soloist?

 

Except that she was promoted to Principal.  On a tour to Japan, unless my memory fails me.

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Yanowsky also debuted O/O as a first soloist in fall 2000, and when SL was reprised in July 2001 she was promoted to principal. Bussell was promoted in 1989 and danced her first SL in 1990.

 

Of the first soloists I would say Kaneko is the most likely to debut it. Calvert doesn't strike me as having the strength technically, especially for Odile. I hope Hayward gets a chance even if O/O isn't the first role you would think of her.

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