Hamilton .... I have a ticket for her Nutcracker matinee on the 28th)
I'm afraid that yesterday performance confirmed my opinion (or suspects). People said she was much better than in the first show, but she seemed still not ready for the role. The adagio was acceptable, but the solo and the coda were quite temptative. She seems to not have the stamina needed for this killer pdd and her technique is not refined enough, the result was a quite flaccid performance. In addition her stunning beauty doesn't fit with the role, especially because doesn't have at the moment the sensitivity to act as a fairy: SPF is NOT Mary Vetsera...
Polunin was much better than in Sleeping Beauty, his solo was quite impressive. I think he is in a stage of his career where he needs to be cast with experienced and demanding ballerinas; the partnership with Cuthbertson seems put on to help to create the British star using also her partner, but it could be dangerous for Sergei development as an artist.
In the evening Cojocaru (back on ROH stage after 3 months) and Kobborg (back there after SEVEN months) were absolutely beautiful in the pdd, and capable to deal with the terribly slow tempo given by the conductor (the same of the afternoon...informed people reported he was conducing his first ballets...). Alina managed to fill the slow music in the solo and the result was excellent both technically (she is in great form despite the recent injury) and artistically event though she has made better in the past with a proper conductor to support her.
Tonight I think I think it will be Cuthbertson, interesting to see if SPF fit her better than Aurora.