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Golden Idol

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  1. Golden Idol

    2018 Met Season

    If any of you can tolerate Seo in Bayadere, I would urge you to attend only to see Kimin Kim. His Solor in DC a few months ago was outstanding.
  2. Golden Idol

    2018 Met Season

    Thank you all for doing all that work for me and finding out the on-sale date. I feel like a lazybones, but I'm grateful.
  3. Golden Idol

    2018 Met Season

    Does anyone know when single tix go on sale? I'm not renewing my subscription, no matter how many times ABT robocalls me, and I'll be in London the first week of the season anyway. Sorry to miss Hallberg in Giselle but McRae in Manon much more exciting.
  4. Golden Idol

    2018 Met Season

    You're quite right, California--I misremembered. It is indeed Manon, not Giselle, and it's two perfs, not one.
  5. Golden Idol

    2018 Met Season

    I don't know whether anyone has already commented on this, but I noticed on the Royal's website that Hallberg is guesting with them for one perf of Giselle next spring, opposite Osipova. It would seem to have been an artists' swap, with Osipova's guest appearance with ABT next summer.
  6. Golden Idol

    Fall 2017 Season

    Follow the money.
  7. Golden Idol

    ABT 2017 Met season

    Hello, it's 2017. Acocella wrote about Vishneva's farewell, not Croce.
  8. Golden Idol

    ABT 2017 Met season

    The public has spoken. Well, ABT's loss is the Royal's gain.
  9. Golden Idol

    ABT 2017 Met season

    Okay, I'm greedy, but I would like to see her return, in whatever would suit her current abilities. I saw her do Marguerite and Armand in London in June with Bolle, and she sold it, absolutely, in ways that neither Natalia Osipova or Zenaida Yanowsky (her farewell performance), for all their merits, could. I guess when the level of artistry is Ferri's I tend to be forgiving to a senior ballerina, in ways I could never be to, say, Julie Kent.
  10. Golden Idol

    ABT 2017 Met season

    Given the list, I'd doubt it, but does anyone think that there's a possibility Ferri could return again next year? Maybe Nikita...maybe?
  11. Golden Idol

    Wish List/Predictions for the 2016 Season

    Was Whipped Cream so well attended this year that it had to return next spring? (I skipped it.) ABT might want to take a leaf from the Metropolitan Opera's book: when introducing a new production or an entirely new opera, they wait a season or two before returning it to the stage. They learned this lesson some years ago when The Ghosts of Versailles was repeated the season after it debuted, and attendance was poor--everyone who wanted to see it had already done so and it was too soon for a revisit. Just as there was no compelling reason to repeat Golden Cockerel this year, I suspect Whipped Cream may sell poorly unless ABT markets it aggressively as a summer children's ballet event. Good luck, because I don't see it happening. As far as the McGregor/Firebird double-bill, well, I hate to say it, but that Firebird should be destined for the ballet graveyard. Let ABT amortize the cost of it with a few more performances (and cast MC in it; her fans will buy tickets to see her in anything), and then quietly let it slip away. One final sigh from the depths: no Ashton next spring. How depressing.
  12. Golden Idol

    Fall 2017 Season

    He's in The Red Shoes.
  13. Golden Idol

    2017-18 Season

    Thanks to maps, birdsall and kbarber for your advice. As I said, I don't drive, and I'm a New Yorker, so busses don't frighten me a bit. I walk everywhere, keep my wits about me, and if you mess with me: Pow! Right in the kisser! Now, whether I do come down to Sarasota this season is up in the air, but I suspect I'll get there eventually.
  14. Golden Idol

    2017-18 Season

    REQUEST FOR TRAVEL ADVICE: As a non-driving New Yorker, I'm wondering about travel to Sarasota from the Tampa airport. It seems that one has to take a taxi to the Greyhound Station, then a one-and-a-half-hour bus ride to downtown Sarasota. Is anyone familiar with Sarasota able to make recommendations? Many thanks in advance.
  15. Golden Idol

    Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I am a little surprised that everyone is still discussing whether or not Veronika's capabilities had diminished. To me, that is not the point, and completely secondary to HOW she was treated. The way she was dismissed was inexcusable, unforgivable, and I don't care whether there may have been a lack of money in the budget to promote three dancers to principals, and those funds had to come from another principal's salary. Even if that was the case, her firing was handled horrifically. And the last-minute, second-rate send-off she was given on stage was shocking. Either a lot of the dancers don't like her personally or else they were too scared to show their affection or respect for her at her farewell. Weren't any of you there at Vishneva's farewell, a mere few weeks earlier? It was glorious. What they did for Veronika was the bum's rush. To repeat: the ABT administration must really dislike her to have treated her this way, with such public, thinly veneered disdain.
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