|Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae|
Photo: Tristram Kenton / ROH
Frederick Ashton's rom-com ballet La Fille Mal Gardée brings a joyous dose of spring sunshine to the Royal Opera House. Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae make an adorable principal couple, dancing with real tenderness and affection (despite misbehaving ribbons!).
Osipova is radiant and captivating in her debut as Lise, although – perhaps due to first-night nerves – a few steps feel overly forceful. McRae is perfection as Colas, impressing particularly with immaculate pirouettes, enormous leaps and detailed characterisation. In the supporting cast, Paul Kay delights as a humorous but loveable Alain and Michael Stojko is an expert lead for the ballet’s charming band of hens.