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Reading the cast sheet for Song of the Earth yesterday, I'm curious to know how long ago this performance had been arranged.  Was it fairly last-minute?  After all, it doesn't seem that there's any conceivable way McRae could have made it back to London to dance the Messenger of Death - not without being very jetlagged, anyway.

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Reading the cast sheet for Song of the Earth yesterday, I'm curious to know how long ago this performance had been arranged.  Was it fairly last-minute?  After all, it doesn't seem that there's any conceivable way McRae could have made it back to London to dance the Messenger of Death - not without being very jetlagged, anyway.

 

The casting of McRae in the ABT Giselle was rather late in the day due to the unfortunate circumstance of Hallberg (who Osipova noted as her favourite partner in her BA chat) having to withdraw from all of his Met season performances in favour of health considerations.  This one performance seemed to be amongst the last to be filled (Sarafanov having stepped into the Bayadere breaches and Gomes the Romeo) and was, I assume, based on the success/comfort of this pairing from their celebrated Bolshoi turn and after an understandable negotiation with the RB management.  In a way it is a shame that some of the developing ABT dancers were not given such a noted opportunity.  It might (for example) have been lovely to have had an opportunity to see Osipova dance with the oft glowingly elegant Joseph Gorak. Her performances at La Scala with the equally young Claudio Coviello have certainly been telling for both.  Still a lack of rehearsal time might well have argued against such.   

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I'm sure it might have done, Bruce.  Thanks for the clarification.  I think a few people might have been annoyed if McRae's name had remained on the ROH website casting well after it was known that he wouldn't be dancing in Song of the Earth.

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I see they're still hopeful that Osipova can make her later dates.  It's a shame she's injured, but I imagine that Washington balletomanes, at least, will probably have had chances to see her previously.

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I see they're still hopeful that Osipova can make her later dates.  It's a shame she's injured, but I imagine that Washington balletomanes, at least, will probably have had chances to see her previously.

 

Very true - with both the Bolshoi and ABT, and they'll know Sarah Lamb from Boston Ballet (she's a Boston born girl after all) and the Royal's cinema broadcasts over time.  

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I was present at the May 28 performance.  McRae was superb, both as a strong, reliable partner and as a soloist.  The audience recognized this borth during and after.

 

As for Osipova, her second act, up to her fall near the end, was both brilliant and profound.  It's frustrating not to be able to find ou how

she's doing.

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Hello mpaley and welcome to the Forum!  Thanks for posting;  I hope you will continue to join in.

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NATALIA OSIPOVA TO WITHDRAW FROM PERFORMANCE OF


ROMEO AND JULIET, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 17, DUE TO INJURY


 


 


            Due to injury, Natalia Osipova, a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre, will not perform the title role in Romeo and Julietscheduled for Wednesday evening, June 17 at the Metropolitan Opera House, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. 


            Ms. Osipova sustained an injury during a performance of Giselle this season with American Ballet Theatre.          


            “We are hopeful that Natasha will take the time she needs to fully recover,” said Mr. McKenzie.  “I join the entire Company in sending her our very best wishes.”


            American Ballet Theatre’s 2015 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House continues through July 4, 2015.


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That's nice that McKenzie used the diminutive/affectionate form of her name. Shoes they value her, or rather, that's how it comes across :)

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Another "Giselle" was danced by Osipova last Friday not at ABT but at Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow - with Sergei Polunin. The audience was overwhelmed, “demanded” 11 curtain calls and gave them 19 min. standing ovation:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijioaVyxD0U&feature=youtu.be


Edited: Video added.


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