In Friday night's performance, when the curtain was coming down at the end of the ballet ,with Ivanchenko next to her grave, the audience erupted with screams of bravos that did not happen in any other performance as the curtain was coming down. They definitely were screaming because of Somova and not for any of the other leads, Ivanchenko or Iosifidi. Somova was dancing with the weakest leads of all those performing, so these bravos as the curtain came down was in appreciation of Somova and solely Somova. The two ballerinas that received the greatest applause were Vishnveva and Somova. Somova received more applause than Tereshkina or Lopatkina, despite having the weakest principal male as her partner. Vishneva on opening night received tremendous applause, but it was not significantly more than Somova on the next night and Somova did not dance with a stronger Fadeyev and much stronger Kondaurova. However, on Friday night, Somova received more applause than she did on Wednesday and very close to the applause Vishneva got on opening night and more applause than Vishneva got on Sunday. It is irrelevant who got more applause, but the audience on both nights Somova danced, particularly on Friday night, yelled many bravos at different sections of her performance.
I can say that she receives good polite applause but nothing like the other female principals
Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I know many knowledgeable ballet people, dancers, teachers and ex of both varieties, plus fans that adore Alina Somova. As others have mentioned, Ballet Alert seems to be plaqued by an anti-Somova movement that is blind to the remarkable improvement in every aspect of her being a ballerina and i hope that other Somova lovers will not be intimidated by the many Somova haters that discourage her many fans. Her Giselle on both nights was vastly superior in almost every section and every detail of the performance, except her grave entrance, where Vishneva was the clear champion. It is a tragedy how Somova haters have frightened Somova lovers from praising her because of fear of being insulted. Now some of these Somova lovers have come out of the woodwork and spoken their minds, despite getting insulted again with comments about phoney reviews and internet trolls that eventually get kicked out when their provenance is disclosed. People are not antiques or collectibles where provenance increases the value. I do not want any verbal battles, but I cannot be intimidated and will speak the truth, which is contrary to what has been said on Ballet Alert as the truth about Alina Somova. As far as I am concerned, we have grossly different opinions and you are entitled to hate her, just as much as anyone else is entitled to love her. When someone is severely criticized and frightened for stating their opinion, then that is seriously wrong.