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Pronunciation of Ballet Names

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Ok, how do you pronounce Altynai Asylmuratova?

Is it "Asylmu-RA-tova" or "Asylmurato-VA" or "Asylmura-TO-va"? I know she's from Kazhakstan so the pronunciation might be different.

Also, is it Sylvie GUIL-lem or Sylvie Gui-LEM?

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The way I heard it said in St. Petersburg, Russia, by Russians and in the US by Russians is "Asylmu-RA-tova". Now whether or not that is how it is said in other parts of the world, I do not know.

As for Guillem (Guilem), I would only report how I say it!

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Sofiane Sylve - is it "So-fee-ann" or "Suh-fy-anee"?

Also, for her last name, is it "Seeve" or more like "Silve"?

Wendy Whelan - "Way-lan", or "Well-lan"?

Ashley Bouder - "Boo-der" or "Bow -der"?

Maria Kowroski? Is it "Kuh-rawski" or "Kuh-roh-ski" or "Kuh-ROW-ski"?

Nikolaj Hubbe?

Suzanne Farrell- "Farr-ell" or "Fair-elle"?

Zenaida Yanowsky?

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Wendy Whelan - "Way-lan", or "Well-lan"?

Suzanne Farrell-  "Farr-ell" or "Fair-elle"?

I'll give you the ones I know for sure:

Wendy Whelan = whale-in

Suzanne Farrell = rhymes with "barrel"

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Sofiane Sylve - is it "So-fee-ann" or "Suh-fy-anee"? 

Also, for her last name, is it "Seeve" or more like "Silve"?

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Ashley Bouder - "Boo-der" or "Bow -der"?

Maria Kowroski? Is it "Kuh-rawski" or "Kuh-roh-ski" or "Kuh-ROW-ski"?

Nikolaj Hubbe?

so-fee-AHN SEEL-v' (not quite a second syllable)

Ashley BOW-der (rhymes with Louder)

Maria Ko-ROSS-ki

NI-ko-lye HOO-buh

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How do you pronounce Diaghilev?

Is it Dee-a'-gi-lev or Dee-a'zhi-lev?

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I would say Nikolaj Hübbe is:

Ni-ko-LYE HY-beh

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Point well taken, Jorgen. As with many immigrants (although I realize that technically, NH is still a Danish citizen, not an immigrant), the pronunciation gets mangled by those of us on the west side of the Atlantic -- or east side of the Pacific. I posted the pronunciation New Yorkers have (mis)applied. :(

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How do you pronounce Diaghilev?

Is it Dee-a'-gi-lev or Dee-a'zhi-lev?

The first one: Dee-a'-gi'lev

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Umm, perhaps we need a poll to decide on the correct pronunciations? :tiphat:

HY-beh, you say? :(

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A diaresis, which is the two dots over the vowel u (ü) makes it a bit different. Take the vowel sound and add an "e" to it, AT THE SAME TIME. Where you're from affects whether it's more on the u side or the e side.

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To try it out, say "e" with your lips pushed forward.

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In anticipation of the Bolshoi's North American tour this summer, can anyone guide me on the pronounciation of Tsiskaridze, Belogolovtsev and Antonicheva?

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In anticipation of the Bolshoi's North American tour this summer, can anyone guide me on the pronounciation of Tsiskaridze, Belogolovtsev and Antonicheva?

Hi nysusan,

I have just consulted with my girlfriend who listened to me saying those names in Russian several times :) and after that she kindly transcribed for me what she's heard (rigid rules of Russian spelling and Russian-to-English transcription left aside):

Tsiskaridze - Tiz-ca-ri'ze (with the emphasis on the third syllable "RI")

Belogolovtsev - Bella-ga-loaf'-tef (with the emphasis on 'loaf' part :) )

Antonicheva - An-to'-ni-chi-va (with the emphasis on the second syllable)

Lucky you nysusan! :angry2:

You will get to see all those dancers! :tiphat:

Hoping to read later about their performance! :beg:

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Thank you Marianna! Yes, I am lucky to have the opportunity to see all these great dancers, but my bank account is not feeling very lucky since I bought the tickets!

I may have to subsist on bread & water this summer to make up for all the money I've spent on NYCB,ABT & now the Bolshoi. Then again, I might lose some weight on a bread & water diet so it's all good!

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How is 'la Cour' pronounced? I'm assuming it's like 'Coors' beer without the s, but might it be cow'rr?

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:) Solymosi? I've heard people pronounce it so that it sounds like the surname of NYCB's Jennie.

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Ok, how about Corella? I've always thought it was just that, Corella, and then I heard a few people say something like Corei-a. (like hey-a :-)) Anyone know?

And, I'm not sure if this was covered before, but what about Xiomara?

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Angel and Carmen are Ko-RAY-yah.  (In Spanish, a double "L" makes the sound of a "Y", as in "yes.")

This is true for Latin America. In much of Spain there's a hint of the "L" -- along with the "y" -- in the pronunciation of the LL.

However, in contemporary Spain, as in Britain, it's increasingly okay to utilize pronunciations based on region, class, age, and attitude.

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I used to get a good chuckle out of radio or TV newsreaders, who would speak of Edward vi-YAY-a.

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:helpsmilie:  Solymosi?  I've heard people pronounce it so that it sounds like the surname of NYCB's Jennie.

Did it sound like Sho-li-mosh-i?

From my miniscule knowledge of Hungarian pronunciation, that's my thought.

I also have a BBC documentary where they make an announcement from the ROH about him and I seem to remember them using a pronunciation something like that.

I also remember hearing the name of the Hungarian soprano Sylvia Sass as

"Shash"

But I can't claim to be enything like an expert here

Richard

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Thanks, Richard. My ear caught So-MO-shi. If the L was pronounced at all, it was slurred over.

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In Hungarian, the "s" is pronounced "sh", and "ly" is pronounced "ee" (long "e"). There's no "l" sound in "ly."

Here's a pronunciation guide to Hungarian:

http://www.math.nyu.edu/%7Ewendlc/pronunci.../Hungarian.html

Oh, the mess I used to make out of trying to pronounce the name "György," when "gy" is a simple "j" sound (as in "judge").

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