Matthew Ball's playful then devastated Albrecht rose to every challenge that the role threw at him and Yasmine Naghdi's Giselle matched superb technique with a tender warmth. – Sarah Crompton for The Observer
In November 2021, Dasa Wharton took her camera to The Royal Opera House to capture moments with Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball in rehearsal for Giselle. She also followed Naghdi backstage during the performance on 20 November 2021.
Backstage with Yasmine Naghdi
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.