Natalia, on 10 January 2013 - 08:54 AM, said:
Mashinka, on 10 January 2013 - 07:18 AM, said:
Having seen Osmolkina dance O/O at Covent Garden, I really feel her uniquely soulful and deeply moving interpretation of the role should be available to eveyone but I fear Natalia's gloomy casting prediction will prove correct.
I hate gloomy and would much prefer Osmolkina (or anyone but the 3 Odd-alisques). Hey, I see that Osmolkina has just been announced as Odette-Odile for one of the Swan Lakes
at the MT,later this month...Lopatkina does the first & Osmolkina the 2nd. So maybe bright days are forthcoming?
More great news, in Moscow: Obraztsova debuts as Nikiya in Bayadere
on the 30th, at the Bolshoi! She is also preparing to debut as the lead in Balanchine's Diamonds
, later this winter (no date yet)...I'll also post this in the Obraztsova thread, if not already there. Woohoo!!!
Katya Osmolkina's upcoming O/O will be her first follow-up performance in her home theatre with her home company since her debut several years ago. Her second and third performances of O/O were given with the Royal at Covent Garden after her home debut. I don't believe she's outsourced the role elsewhere. So, if this casting holds, this is tremendous news for her because know this: If things were "normal" in the company right now, she and many other deserving ladies, wouldn't be getting these opportunities
. At this point Fateev must feel that he doesn't have a choice but to cast these women, *(against his "better" judgement).
Isn't that ironic? The fact is he has always had a treasure trove of talented and gifted -but criminally under-utilized dancers to choose from.
I too am totally ecstatic about Obraztsova's upcoming and long overdue Nikiya and Diamonds debuts
with the Bolshoi
! Her Solor will be fellow refugee Mikhail Lobhukin, who also couldn't promote to Principal in
Gergiev's House of Blues. During Makhar Vaziev's and the current Regime, Evgenia was consigned to the Danse Manu in Act 2 and the first Shade variation in Act 3 of "Bayadere." Apart from her officially approved emploi of roles such as Aurora, "Romeo & Juliet," "Nutcracker," "Giselle," "La Sylphide," countless dolls, obscure pdds from obsure Petipa works, supporting cast Balanchines, the occaisional Kitri, Forsythe, Ballerina in "Petrouchka," Ratmansky's "Cinderella," and other quaint vignettes, Obraztsova was systematically denied Nikiya, O/O, Raymonda, Medora and the lead in all three segments of "Jewels."