Tips on obtaining tickets?
Posted 15 April 2011 - 03:11 AM
Posted 15 April 2011 - 07:18 AM
I don't know about the ticket brokers. I either buy the tix online before the trip or, if sold out, stand outside the theater. The prices drop 15 minutes before curtain time, if unsold. Cash only, as I said.
Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:49 AM
Posted 16 April 2011 - 08:31 AM
Posted 16 April 2011 - 08:56 AM
Given that the performances I'd like to attend are Giselle on May 26 and Coppelia on May 27 (Osipova is listed for both, at least for now, and the former one is being billed as Vasiliev's debut in the role), I think this enterprise is doomed to failure; however, I'll give it a try!
Puzzling announcements. Vasiliev has done Giselle with Osipova, although perhaps this is his Moscow debut. You can find several clips of them, performing in Siberia:
I'm also intrigued that she would dance such demanding roles on consecutive nights. That would be brutal even in America, where principals seem to perform much more than in Russia.
Posted 16 April 2011 - 12:38 PM
The Coppelia performance that's going to be broadcast live is that on May 29. Osipova is scheduled for that one, too. One would guess that if this Coppelia is scheduled for a later release on a DVD, then they will also be filming on May 27 (I think it is common practice to film more than one performance, just in case something goes wrong.) To summarize, she is currently scheduled to dance in Giselle on May 26, in Coppelia on May 27, and in Coppelia (live broadcast) on May 29! My wild guess is that once the tickets are all sold, then resold at twice the price, and then resold at three times the price, then the Bolshoi will post a cast change---either for May 26 (most likely) or for May 27.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:26 AM
Posted 28 May 2011 - 12:54 PM
I have to eat my words. Both performances---Giselle on May 26 and Coppelia on May 27---went on with the announced casts. Osipova was spectacular in both. 24 hours after an unbelievable "Giselle" which, in my opinion, surpassed her performance two years ago with ABT, she was fresh, effervescent, and full of energy in "Coppelia". There were indeed cameras in the theater for the "Coppelia" performance on the 27th, probably as a backup for the live broadcast planned for May 29th. Ivan Vasiliev's house debut in Giselle went very well.
Wonderful that you got to see Osipova in both performances and two ballets in which she is fabulous...I wish I had been there, but from a more abstract perspective, I can't help wondering if it is the wisest thing in the world to cast a ballerina--even a strong, young ballerina--two nights in a row in contrasting major full length ballets. I would hate to see Osipova's career stymied by injury as has happened to several other major talents.
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