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1 hour ago, Anna C said:

I honestly didn’t notice Donelly’s landings; maybe it depends where one sits?   Perhaps I was engrossed in how marvellous his acting was. 

Very loud landings from stalls circle left

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20 hours ago, capybara said:

 

Takada was paired with Muntagirov in the last run (2015) IIRC. I especially loved her with Bracewell in Swan Lake in 2018 but a partnership with Vadim in other ballets would be equally alluring.

 

Facebook tells me that on this day five years ago, I (and no doubt many others on this forum) saw double-Onegin, with Mendizabal/Kish/Stix-Brunell/Edmonds/Stepanek in the afternoon (from a front-row seat, as I recall - ah, for the days when you could get good seats for a reasonable price at matinees...) and Nunez/Soares/Takada/Muntagirov/Hirano in the evening :wub:

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On 20/01/2020 at 12:06, pasdedeux said:

Late to the party, but I thought the Saturday evening performance was really memorable - not faultless, but very, very enticing.

 

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Even later to the party (new to the forum and still exploring!) but I saw the same cast, and my comments were almost exactly the same as yours. It would be unfair of me to compare Reece's debut to dancers with much more experience in the role, but as a fan of his since his RBS days, I'm sure he will mature brilliantly into it. 

 

I'm hoping to snap up some tickets for Anna Rose's debut later in the run. 

 

Rather sad that Laura Morera's Tatiana and Yuhui Choe's Olga won't be seen this run :(

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Just now, Meetmeatthebarre said:

I'm hoping to snap up some tickets for Anna Rose's debut later in the run. 

 

Her debut is tonight...

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Ditto.  Loved the name when I first spotted it :) 

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1 hour ago, Meetmeatthebarre said:

I should have been clearer - I meant her "debut run"! 

Yes welcome Meetatthebarre...it looks like you have found out pretty early on that a few of us on this Forum (not excluding myself) can be pretty pedantic!

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23 minutes ago, Richard LH said:

Yes welcome Meetatthebarre...it looks like you have found out pretty early on that a few of us on this Forum (not excluding myself) can be pretty pedantic!

 

Thank you for the welcome!

 

This is ballet, so I see precision is a virtue ;)

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At the risk of gushing (and it is only act one) Yasmine Naghdi seems born to play Tatiana. What a debut so far

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Wow! I think that was my favourite ballet performance I've ever attended. I saw the last run and it didn't blow me away, possibly because it was only the second ballet I'd ever seen or due to the dancer playing Onegin not being much of an actor. No such problem tonight! Naghdi and Bonelli had great chemistry and their storytelling and characterisation were crystal clear, especially in the last pas de deux where she played Tatiana's conflicting emotions so convincingly. 

 

There's nothing extraneous in the choreography and the music and costumes are gorgeous. Are these the most beautiful costumes in ballet?! I think so. 

 

I nearly didn't come as I have a cold and feared the dreaded tickly cough (funnily that happened in the last run during Lensky's very quiet solo). I nearly got away with it until the last act. Had a few panic-inducing coughs but thankfully got it under control for the last scene. So glad I came!

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What an amazing debut from Miss Naghdi.  Such a deeply intelligent portrayal, and that final pdd, her inner turmoil, struggle and ultimate strength...just wow.  And Federico Bonelli blew me away.  He was simply outstanding tonight and his utter despair with life, then his brief glimmer of hope, then his rejection...he made me feel all of it right along with him. He and Naghdi are a wonderful, empathetic partnership, and you could see how much it meant to them at the curtain calls.  It sure meant a lot to me too, just being able to watch them.  

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1 minute ago, Sim said:

And Federico Bonelli blew me away.  He was simply outstanding tonight and his utter despair with life, then his brief glimmer of hope, then his rejection...he made me feel all of it right along with him. 

 

Totally agree. And lots of nuance in the first two acts rather than just 'haughty' or 'cad.' He's one of my favourite dance actors and I never want him to retire!

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Bonelli must not be allowed to retire! He is, I think, the best actor around, and a superb partner. He and Naghdi were so beautiful together - I've seen the ballet many times but this performance was the most moving i have seen since Haydee/ Cragun. Naghdi's portrayal of Tatiana is totally right, hard to believe it was her debut. And her emotion at the curtain call was perfectly understandable.. I also enjoyed O'Sullivan and Sissens. The latter seems to thoroughly enjoy being on stage and has the makings of a fine Lensky. On the way out i spoke to a man whose very first ballet performance it was. Delighted to say he was smitten! I warned him that it was addictive!

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27 minutes ago, Sim said:

What an amazing debut from Miss Naghdi.  Such a deeply intelligent portrayal, and that final pdd, her inner turmoil, struggle and ultimate strength...just wow.  And Federico Bonelli blew me away.  He was simply outstanding tonight and his utter despair with life, then his brief glimmer of hope, then his rejection...he made me feel all of it right along with him. He and Naghdi are a wonderful, empathetic partnership, and you could see how much it meant to them at the curtain calls.  It sure meant a lot to me too, just being able to watch them.  

 

Its rather spendid Yasmine gets to dance witha more experienced partner than herself. They were electric tonight - beautiful beautiful dancing, with an emotional tug, without being overwrought and overly angsty.

The 'red dress pdd' with Bennet Gartside (as Gremin) was astonishly refined, so elegant, so 'just so', it made it believable how Tatania was ultimately so torn in that devastating final pdd. Just wow!

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Absolutely wonderful performance of Onegin tonight from The Royal Ballet, Yasmine Naghdi and Federico Bonelli were emotionally devastating in the final act. Anna Rose O'Sullivan was perfect as Olga, beautiful jumps and pure joy. Joseph Sissens was lovely as Lensky, not forgetting Bennet Gartside as Prince Gremin, dignified and honourable.

 

A truly wonderful evening at the Royal Opera House, adore the music of Tchaikovsky so much, one of my favourite ballets as well.

 

This was a lovely birthday treat from my sister and it seemed apt that the two lead female characters in the story are sisters too! 

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Three debuts tonight: I thought Naghdi virtually pitch-perfect as the gauche Tatiana in Acts I and II, although not quite as convincing as princess, wife and mother in the Act III ballroom scene.  She certainly gave everything to that final scene.  Anna Rose O'Sullivan danced beautifully (goes without saying?) as Olga: I do tend to prefer to see a little foreshadowing in Act I of her heedlessness in Act II so that it doesn't come as a total surprise - but if it was there I missed it.  Joseph Sissens danced equally beautifully as Lensky, but seemingly without really using the choreography to tell us much about the character or his feelings: it's his first major role of that type, and I'm sure it will come - after all, as someone reminded me this evening, Bonelli's acting skills weren't exactly impressive when he first joined the company, and look at him now :)  The corps de ballet aren't always making the most of their little "cameo" moments at various times during the ballet, but I'm assuming they are more or less all new to their roles, and that that's the price you have to pay for the work being out of the repertoire for 5 years.

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I thought Naghdi would be good as Tatiana, but reading these amazing reviews makes me regret not booking for her debut. I will definitely try to see her in February! She has always been a beautiful dancer, but it's great to see her also doing so well in a more dramatic role.

To be honest, I've never been a fan of Bonelli and really can't see him as Onegin, but who knows, maybe he'll surprise me!

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22 minutes ago, librarianne said:

I thought Naghdi would be good as Tatiana, but reading these amazing reviews makes me regret not booking for her debut. I will definitely try to see her in February! She has always been a beautiful dancer, but it's great to see her also doing so well in a more dramatic role.

To be honest, I've never been a fan of Bonelli and really can't see him as Onegin, but who knows, maybe he'll surprise me!

Onegin has always been one of Bonelli’s great roles, and tonight reminded us why!  

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A memorable night, what more can I say. I have seen all four casts but this cast was a very special one. Frederic Bonelli and Yasmine Naghdi look so good together. Anna-Rose O'Sullivan is the best Olga out of the four dancers cast, on a par with Akane Takada who I also liked  a lot. (I was disappointed in Hayward's Olga, besides her usual pretty dancing any depth in characterisation was absent). Yes Osipova is a glorious Tatiana, dancing in her typical unpredictable style, but with Naghdi we got a fresh, new and unique portrayal of Tatiana, she made the role her own, and in each Act she got the characterisation just right. I loved her in Act III as princess and married woman, dancing so tenderly with her husband in the ballroom scene, and her final pd2 with Frederico Bonelli brought tears into eyes. Yasmine was very clearly moved during the curtain call (I sat very close to the stage and I could see she had tears in her eyes, she looked emotionally drained). I have seen Naghdi dance Olga in 2012 and 2015 and to see her dancing Tatiana tonight was very special. A wonderful debut by the RB's newest Tatiana. Joseph Sissens  was a lovely Lensky but not quite in the same league as Matthew Ball who I love in this role. Bennet Gartside was very moving as Prince Gremin. 

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The mark of a great Tatiana is that she is able, in Act 3, to show us a mature and contented (if not quite fulfilled) woman - in contrast to the introverted/fixated girl of earlier in the ballet. Some dancers come across as too 'knowing' in Acts 1 and 2; others are still too girlish in Act 3. Yasmine Naghdi got the development of Tatiana's character  'spot on' and recalled to mind the remarkable performance of the very young Alina Cojocaru 18 years ago or so.

Last night's cast is, for me, the definitive one overall of this run.............Bonelli, Naghdi, O'Sullivan, Gartside. Wow! And Joseph Sissens gave a very good first showing as Lensky too.

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27 minutes ago, ninamargaret said:

it's criminal that no recording has been made of this run of performances - preferably this cast.

 

I think it's only Stuttgart who are allowed to record Onegin.

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34 minutes ago, capybara said:

The mark of a great Tatiana is that she is able, in Act 3, to show us a mature and contented (if not quite fulfilled) woman - in contrast to the introverted/fixated girl of earlier in the ballet. Some dancers come across as too 'knowing' in Acts 1 and 2; others are still too girlish in Act 3. Yasmine Naghdi got the development of Tatiana's character  'spot on' and recalled to mind the remarkable performance of the very young Alina Cojocaru 18 years ago or so.

Last night's cast is, for me, the definitive one overall of this run.............Bonelli, Naghdi, O'Sullivan, Gartside. Wow! And Joseph Sissens gave a very good first showing as Lensky too.

 

I totally agree. Naghdi got the balance in her characterisation throughout all three acts so very right, nothing extreme nor overdone nor overacted. The shy, bookish Tatiana, clearly disinterested in what was going on around her, was living in the moment, in her own fantasy world through the book she was reading. Her delicate acting, once she is introduced to Onegin, her hope of first love, then feeling he isn't really interested in her, her insistence trying to attract his attention during her birthday party followed by the realisation he just isn't interested in her was beautifully portrayed in her solo. The bedroom scene and their pd2 really felt dreamlike when she let go of any character restrained, her pd2 with Bennet Gartside tender, mature, and gorgeous. What I liked so much about her Tatiana, besides her beautiful classical dancing, was that I really felt she took me on a journey with her, never was there a brusque sudden change or unpredictability, her characterisation (and the development) just flowed from one act into the other. For me too, this cast is the definitive one as I feel somehow this is how John Cranko must have wanted the ballet to be danced, and the characters to be portrayed. 

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43 minutes ago, capybara said:

 recalled to mind the remarkable performance of the very young Alina Cojocaru 18 years ago or so

 

 

Watching the mirror pdd last night I was thinking that although it was pretty good technically it had nothing like the electricity that was between Cojocaru and Kobborg, they set the bar so high. 

 

9 minutes ago, capybara said:

 

I think it's only Stuttgart who are allowed to record Onegin.

 

The Stuttgart recording with Vogel was a masterclass. 

 

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15 minutes ago, annamk said:

 

Watching the mirror pdd last night I was thinking that although it was pretty good technically it had nothing like the electricity that was between Cojocaru and Kobborg, they set the bar so high. 

 

 

indeed they did - but they would also have had the advantage of dancing a lot together, not just in Onegin, to generate that electricity from the chemistry they always had. Ms Naghdi always seems to have the ability to go up a notch after her debut performance, so the next show will be even better! Which will be nice for us 🙂

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6 minutes ago, zxDaveM said:

 

indeed they did - but they would also have had the advantage of dancing a lot together, not just in Onegin, to generate that electricity from the chemistry they always had. Ms Naghdi always seems to have the ability to go up a notch after her debut performance, so the next show will be even better! Which will be nice for us 🙂

And of course they are a real couple whose love and understanding affected and deepened all their performances.  

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1 hour ago, ninamargaret said:

it's criminal that no recording has been made of this run of performances - preferably this cast.

 

No commercial recording.  The ROH makes archive recordings.

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20 minutes ago, bangorballetboy said:

The ROH makes archive recordings.


The ROH’s archives must be a real treasure trove and I appreciate they’re there for dancers/coaches etc to consult and probably for documentary makers but is there any public access or even a listing of what’s in the archives?

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It was my first Onegin of the run last night and I'm very happy it was - a great performance all round.

 

I felt that Naghdi seemed quite nervous in Act I, and perhaps most noticeably in the bedroom/mirror pd2 when I felt like she had too much tension in her body and it seemed a bit 'placed'. However, by Act II and very definitely by Act III she was completely engrossing. I actually particularly enjoyed her pd2 with Gremin in Act III, which i felt conveyed an unusual emotional complexity - what had gone before had not been erased, there was sorrow in her serenity. And obviously the final pd2 blew everyone away with its intensity, and at least from the amphitheatre, Naghdi appeared to be sobbing when she and Bonelli took their bow immediately after curtain down. I think, as others have suggested, she will get even better in this role (perhaps particularly at the mirror pd2) in future performance, with debut nerves out of the way.

 

I thought Anna Rose O'Sullivan was marvellous, as ever - it's the little details she adds to her characterisation alongside her impeccable dancing that make all the difference. In the earlier acts I found myself being somewhat more cross at Onegin's interference with Olga and Lensky's relationship (which Act I set up so beautifully) than at his treatment of Tatiana. I probably agree with those who have suggested that Sissens will evolve his portrayal of Lensky, as it was a bit one dimensional in places. However, I thought that his solo before the duel was wonderful, and made me look forward to the day when he gets to perform Des Grieux...

 

Anyway, a wonderful night watching three stunning debuts alongside a masterful Onegin from Bonelli. 

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