The Royal Ballet's signature ballet Manon returns next week for a 15 show run.
That's a lot for a narrative ballet that doesn't possess a Tchaikovsky score! But it is the casting that astounds – just everyone wants to take a shot at the doomed couple. The Manons with their respective Des Grieuxs are:
Laura Morera & Federico Bonelli
Tamara Rojo & Carlos Acosta
Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg
Mara Galeazzi & David Makhateli
Roberta Marquez & Steven McRae
Leanne Benjamin & Steven McRae (who seems to have replaced Edward Watson)
Sarah Lamb & Rupert Pennefather
Marianela Nuñez & Nehemiah Kish
Sarah Lamb, Rupert Pennefather, Marianela Nuñez, Nehemiah Kish and Steven McRae are all newcomers to MacMillan's ballet.
On the right are four Manons and partners:
from top Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg, Roberta Marquez with Ivan Putrov (in these performances Marquez will dance with Steven McRae, his début in the role), Mara Galeazzi & David Makhateli, and Tamara Rojo & Carlos Acosta.
Performances run from April 21 to June 4 at the Royal Opera House
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
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