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#1 dwil

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:00 AM

Saw Alina C & kobburg in Manon at ROH on Saturday. Knew it would be magical - and it was.
She has flawless technique & her interpretation of the role puts her in a special class. The chemistry with Johann puts the icing on the cake.

#2 Nanarina

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:36 AM

Having just seen Manon in Paris at the Opera Garnier, with Aurelie Dupont and Josua Hoffalt, Lescaut Jeremie Belingard (Aurelies partner in life) Muriel Zusperreguy was Lescauts mistress (also Josua's life partner) so there was a lot of chemistry. I am waiting to see Alina Cojocaru dance it in London, will be very interesting to make a comparison.

#3 Hamorah

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:18 AM

Oh that must have been wonderful - I think Cojocaru is gorgeous - I'd love to see her in Manon. Still I have to say that I have a very soft spot for the recording of Dowell with Jenny Penney in the leading roles with lovely ginger haired David Wall. Fantastic cast. That bedroom pas de deux ranks up there with R & J's balcony pas de deux as something I can watch over and over again and not tire of it.......

#4 Nanarina

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:23 AM

I really love that Ballet, I now have bought the DVD of the Royal Ballet, as well sd having the Australian Ballet production..

#5 esperanto

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:51 AM

Hamorah, I agree with you 100 percent about the Dowell/Penny Manon. And how about Monica Mason?

#6 Nanarina

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:08 PM

Monica Mason is hard to beat as Lescaults mistress, she portrayed all the gustsy bawldy characteristics of the role, as well as a deep ly sensitive side as well, just look at her reaction when her lover shows her the cart of aristocrats on their way to the guillatine in the opening scene, and the solo at madam's party. .

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:00 AM

Another very goood version is the Australian Ballet with [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]Justine Summers, Steven Heathcote,[/size][/font]

#8 Nanarina

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

Yes esperanto I agree, I have got it on DVD, I actually prefer Justine Summers portrayel rather than Jennifer Penny, at times she just
sems to be a touch "pathetic" and I do not like her facial expressions. the way she uses her eye's. I think Antoinette Sibley was the original cast, with Tony Dowell. David Wall and Monica Mason. But there does not seem to be any recordings of it. I loved Aurelie Dupont in the role when I saw it in 2012 at the Opera Garmier.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

Nanarina,

Doesn't Summers seem more conniving than Penny? As I recall she wasn't so innocent-looking as Penny.

#10 Nanarina

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:13 AM

Nanarina,

Doesn't Summers seem more conniving than Penny? As I recall she wasn't so innocent-looking as Penny.

Yes, most defiantly, she does not over act, as Penney does,  nor use those simplistic doe eyed faces. Manon was not so innocent  when we first see her, she has already charmed the elderly gentleman on the coach journey.  Rejecting him to his annoyance when she runs off with De Grieux at the end of the scene. It appears the reason she is being sent to the convent, is that she is already too wordly wise. No doubt encouraged by her wayward brother.



#11 Nanarina

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

Well two more performances of Manon to look forward to the first in October this year at the ROH, when I am introducing my friend who is just beginning to enjoy Ballet, and the second 2015 in Paris for Aurelie Dupont's retirement performance. This is going to be very imotive  full of tears and cheers  as Aurelie herself has said.   Cant wait to see them.  Have been watching the DVD;s recently. As soion as the port scene starts I get a lump in my throat. It will bde very  emotional with Sir Kenny and now David Wall gone, as well as Aurelie retiring, at least she can pass on er performance skills now she is to be  Ballet Mistress at the POB in the future.  



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 09:04 AM

The Royal Ballet just announced a casting change for the October 5th and 9th performances of "Manon":  Sarah Lamb will dance Manon in place of Lauren Cuthbertson.

 

http://www.roh.org.u...-9-october-2014



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 10:34 AM

I attended the September 26 performance of Manon with Marianela Nunez and Frederico Bonelli.  It was great! Only my second time seeing Manon and my first seeing the Royal Ballet!!  (I live in NYC). I was beyond excited to see Marianela and she definitely did not disappoint. She is just sort of perfect - so graceful, musical and strong.  I went with someone who generally dislikes any ballet and even he said she was leagues above the other dancers.  

Bonelli was ok - he is very handsome and has beautiful lines.  He was a bit shaky in the act one solo, which is all about control.  Their chemistry, however, was not 100% - I didn't feel totally detached, but I was not overly emotionally engaged either.

 

I really thought all of the supporting characters were very good.  James Hay who I have seen in a few of the ROH YouTube videos was notable as the beggar chief.  Ricardo Cervera was also excellent as Lescaut and his mistress was Laura Morera.  I have not been excited by the role of the mistress in either production I have seen but she definitely executed it very well.  Yuhui Choe really stood out to me as one of the courtesans (I thought she was more engaging than Morera).  The character actors - Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M. and Gary Davis as the jailor - were also very impressive.

 

The ROH is so beautiful.  Both the actual theater and the surrounding buildings.  We also did a tour a few days later and got to see a bit more behind the scenes.  We were able to watch about 5 minutes of Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova rehearsing Manon in one of the studios, which was very neat.

 

I feel like this is a very inadequate review... I just wanted to say something since there wasn't anything posted yet.  I don't feel like I know the ballet well enough to be able to pinpoint certain moments that really stood out like I would be able to with R+J or Don Q or something like that. Anyways.. I'll leave it there for now and come back if I think of anything else to add.



#14 Barbara

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 08:41 AM

That must have been a very special 5 minutes, Rose1186! Thanks for your review!



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Posted 13 October 2014 - 07:55 AM

Thank you for the report, Rose1186. A much bigger audience will soon get to see this cast thanks to the cinema broadcast on October 16, so your preview is much appreciated.




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