The last great work from the glorious era of the Imperial ballets had never before been performed by the La Scala ballet until last night. The La Scala première marks the most faithful version of Raymonda yet to the original, which met with triumphant success in St Petersburg in 1898.
In Sergei Vikharev’s newly reconstructed version, Mariinsky ballerina Olesya Novikova performed Raymonda’s Act II variation with an extraordinary series of thirty entrechat-quatre en pointe!
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.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.