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Roberto Dini

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  1. I enjoyed the podcast and am listening to earlier ones. The section where Cory speaks of the pressures of performing before a large audience was very interesting. Thank you for sharing.
  2. So glad that I was able to get a ticket to Part's penultimate performance. She danced beautifully as did Blaine and Daniil. The house was packed. I was surprised at how many tickets were sold since this morning. Next to Mozartiana, my favorite piece was Souvenir d'un lieu cher with Stella, Marcelo, Sarah, and Alban. There was some impressive dancing in AfterEffect, but it comes across as a muddled work. I had not seen it before. James Whiteside and Zhiyao Zhang were standouts. I feel like it had everything but the kitchen sink. I hated the part where the Man (Whiteside) sat downstage with his back to the audience, watching everyone dance. There were repeated intonation problems in the orchestra, especially within each string section. I found it painful at times. I wish they had performed the music as a string sextet although that's probably not the sound they wanted.
  3. Roberto Bolle has shared some beautiful photos from the final pas de deux with Alessandra Ferri.
  4. I was underwhelmed by Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty until I saw Vishneva dance Aurora.
  5. These comments are interesting to me because I never really liked Cranko's Onegin before, but I loved it tonight. I always miss the music from the opera: the letter scene, Lensky's aria, the dance music, etc. I thought both Bolle and Ferri were on fire tonight. I thought Ferri's Tatiana was nothing like her Juliet. I haven't seen Vishneva and Gomes yet. I'm seeing them on Friday. Might write more later, but I just got home and need to get to sleep so that I can get up bright and early tomorrow. Just a sample of the missing music--Here's Fritz Wunderlich singing Lensky's Aria in German. I think he's one of the best Lenskys even though he didn't sing the part in Russian.
  6. I was there too. I hope Herman is ok. I enjoyed Herman and Maria's partnership. Bravo to Blaine! Blaine had the fire required for Espada from his first entrance. (The pause in the finale felt long, but I don't think it was more than 30 seconds.) While Blaine did not dance Basilio's solo variation, he filled in expertly, dancing both Espada and Basilio for the rest of the finale. Maria Kochetkova's fouettes were fast and showed the most fire she had all evening. Other standouts of the night were Skylar Brandt as Amour and Zhiyao Zhang as the lead gypsy. Zhang's elevation and control of his jumps and turns reminded me of Cornejo.
  7. I had tickets to see Vishneva and Ferri, but had to give them up due to a scheduling conflict with a show that I'm performing in. I don't care if Ferri's return may have prevented someone else from dancing. Ferri puts her entire body and soul into her performances, and I cherish every one of her performances that I've seen beginning with Fall River Legend in the late 80s. There are few dancers currently at ABT who bring as much passion to the stage, so I'm very sad to have missed tonight's performance.
  8. I totally agree abatt. Those were incredible days (and not that long ago) with Cornejo and De Luz alternating performances. They were also both amazing as Alain in La Fille Mal Gardee. On another note, attendance appears to be down. The theater has been comparatively empty all season. It reminds me of how empty the theater was in the season after 9/11.
  9. I agree. I was there applauding to the end. He will be greatly missed.
  10. No argument there. I don't really care for the music to The Tempest either, but it is growing on me on repeated hearings. The first time I saw the Tempest I wondered what drew Ratmansky to the music in the first place. To my ear, the majority of the score does not cry out as music to be danced to.
  11. I did not see After Effect, but I agree that Baca is fantastic.
  12. A point of clarification: Jean Sibelius wrote tonal music. There's a discussion of his style here; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Sibelius#Musical_style "Despite the innovations of the Second Viennese School, he continued to write in a strictly tonal idiom." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Sibelius#Reception I was disappointed when I first saw the Tempest, but it has grown on me with repeated viewings.
  13. I want to say that I watched The Dream DVD tonight (Tuesday) and Puck is NOT supposed to overshadow Oberon as Herman did to Cory last night. When Stiefel was Oberon, he was commanding and virtuosic and Herman was considerable toned down compared to him (and last night's performance). (I also saw them live, the night ABT premiered The Dream in 2002) I just think Cory (maybe even David) is not up to doing what the role of Oberon needs in terms of both acting and dancing. Are you speaking of casting or performance? It probably has to do with comfort with returning to a role the he has danced before, but Herman has only grown in the role. I would never want him to tone down his performance so that someone else might not be overshadowed. Whether one performer outshines another has more to do with the totality of the production. There are so many variables, beginning with the casting, that help decide who might dominate a performance. Who hasn't seen a performance where a supporting player outshines the lead? That's why they say never to fight over the order of bows. The audience always decides whom they like best.
  14. This page includes photos of the promoted dancers: http://www.abt.org/insideabt/news_display.asp?News_ID=486
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