Here are a few thoughts. I saw 2 casts from Manchester.
Monica Perego/Vlad Bubnov/Shi Ning Liu- (Hilarion)
Monica Perego is a fine dancer- but her manner is just too knowing for the first act Giselle. Bubnov was a most convincing Albrecht,self less partnering and elegant movement. Shi Ning Liu although a talented dancer sadly could not bring the character of the simple peasant to life.
Begonia Cao/Shi Ning Liu-Daniel Jones
Begonia Cao made her debut and most impressive it was too. She showed her real joy at dancing and was a shy and fragile Giselle.Shi Ning Liu was better as Albrecht- he had better choreography to show off his jumps and sky high arabesque. Daniel Jones was an excellent unrefined butch peasant.