Saturday, 31 January 2015

Onegin

Onegin, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House - reviewed on 30th January
  
Matthew Golding and
Natalia Osipova
Photo: Tristram Kenton / ROH
Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding made their debuts as Tatiana and Onegin with real style.

Golding showed great depth in his character transformation through the ballet - from brooding and aloof to a fragile shadow of a man. Osipova's interpretation, of a young girl utterly bereft, pained and broken by her rejection, was thoroughly convincing and compelling. In the final pas de deux, Osipova even shook as she tore up Onegin's letter.

The pair were expertly supported by Yasmine Naghdi as Olga, with her effortless classical technique and charming characterisation, and Matthew Ball as an impassioned Lensky.

This was a truly brilliant performance of a truly brilliant ballet.

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