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Tony Newcombe

09-12-01, 11:27 PM (GMT)
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"Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
 
   There have been numerous postings so far about performances in Onegin, but nobody has yet mentioned Mara. I was fortunate to see
her two performances last week. Having seen the other dancers in the role of Tatiana, I have to say that she impressed me the most. A truly powerful performance. I always remembered the two pas de deux with Onegin as seeming to be very dangerous and I had been slightly disappointed until I saw her throw herself into the dancing with a reckless abandon. She was partnered with great assurance by Tewsley. Do try to see one of her remaining performances. I don't think anyone will be disappointed.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin sylvia 09-12-01 1
     RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin alison 11-12-01 15
         RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin sylvia 11-12-01 18
  RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin gary 10-12-01 2
     RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Anneliese 10-12-01 3
         RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Paul A 10-12-01 4
             RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin alison 10-12-01 7
                 RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Paul A 10-12-01 9
                     RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Anneliese 11-12-01 13
     RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin sylvia 11-12-01 11
  RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Jane S 10-12-01 5
     RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin jhanner 10-12-01 6
         RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Jill 10-12-01 8
             RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin PhilipBadmin 10-12-01 10
                 RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Jill 11-12-01 14
             RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin sylvia 11-12-01 17
  RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Romi 11-12-01 12
     RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Robert 11-12-01 16
         RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Jim 12-12-01 19
             RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin Robert 12-12-01 20

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sylvia

09-12-01, 11:52 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   I did have a chance to see her and Tewsley at the rehearsal a few weeks back - a bit blurry now but I remember being very impressed by them both! There was a review in the Telegraph today that described Galeazzi as the first to be convincing at portraying Tatiana as both the young girl and the woman (very badly paraphrasing here) - something I agree with whole-heartedly. And I thought Tewsley was equally wonderful - I do wish the RB could snag him from Stuttgart! I'm looking forward to seeing them again tomorrow.


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alison

11-12-01, 01:40 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   I think I rather agree about her being the most convincing throughout, although I didn't think her as good technically, and she and Tewsley left me dry-eyed in the final scene (the eyes were getting a bit moist for Rojo/Cooper - they really threw themselves into it). As for Tewsley, well, I think that Johan Kobborg may have spoiled my appreciation of anyone else in the role. I thought he danced well, but found him rather bland dramatically. Excellent bedroom pdd, though - really taking risks with it - at moments Mara reminded me of Guillem, and I wondered how she'd do in something like Manon. I thought Nunez' interpretation of Olga pretty much spot-on - just sufficiently empty-headed not to realise where her actions are leading.


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sylvia

11-12-01, 08:39 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   >I thought Nunez' interpretation of Olga
>pretty much spot-on - just
>sufficiently empty-headed not to realise
>where her actions are leading.
>

I had to laugh at that! After so many performances I ws getting pretty tired of Nunez's Olga but your comment suddenly makes her interpretation much more interesting!

I was disappointed that Tapper and Coppen didn't dance Olga and Lensky though. I thought they were really good in the lead roles. Does anyone know why they aren't dancing? I've seen Nunez and Persson 4 times now - together and apart! Wouldn't mind a few fresh faces. I'm also disappointed that Stepenek wasn't given more after his debut.


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gary

10-12-01, 01:56 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   You are so right, I would have thought that she should be first cast. I still don't see what all the fuss is about Rojo. I find her an over rated acrobat. More Galeazzi please...


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Anneliese

10-12-01, 11:03 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   I would have agreed with you about Rojo if I hadn't seen her in the act 2 pdd from Giselle in Irek's gala. That was quite simply the most moving, musical, ethereal, other-worldly performance I've seen.

But I LOVE Mara Galeazzi's work and would love to see more of her.


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Paul A

10-12-01, 12:14 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   Rojo: Giselle in Irek's gala.
>quite simply the most moving,
>musical, ethereal, other-worldly performance I've
>seen.
>
Umm. I found that performance glassy and uncommunicative (the qualities noted in some Onegin reviews).

>But I LOVE Mara Galeazzi's work


Agree - but haven't seen Onegin so can't make a direct comment.



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alison

10-12-01, 05:28 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   >Rojo: Giselle in Irek's gala.
>>quite simply the most moving,
>>musical, ethereal, other-worldly performance I've
>>seen.
>>
>Umm. I found that performance glassy
>and uncommunicative (the qualities noted
>in some Onegin reviews).
>
Where were you sitting, Paul? I was rear Upper Circle and agree with Anneliese completely (although admittedly I may have been watching through opera glasses).


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Paul A

10-12-01, 05:32 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   Mid dress circle - no opera glasses. She just didn't melt somehow - just don't think she got into it.


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Anneliese

11-12-01, 11:09 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   Upper circle - and for both me and my friend she was a revelation, quite stunning, and totally committed. Just shows what a personal thing this is.


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sylvia

11-12-01, 01:04 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   >You are so right, I would
>have thought that she should
>be first cast. I still
>don't see what all the
>fuss is about Rojo. I
>find her an over rated
>acrobat. More Galeazzi please...


Uh, well I wouldn't go quite as far as that. Just a personal opinion but I think they got it exactly right in terms of casting order - first cast was just wonderful all round, and Cojocaru-Kobborg were brilliant themselves. I don't think Rojo is overrated at all - I think she's a truely great dramatic actress and I adored her as Tatiana as well as in the Giselle pdd. I sort of see where the criticisms are coming from though - IMHO she hasn't yet exhibited the sense of freedom in her dancing to the degree that Alina has.

This morning I'd have put Galeazzi-Tewsley on par with the above but just having come back from their performance I'm now not too sure. I thought Galeazzi seemed to over-emote - she was just perfect from the Stalls circle a few weeks back, but came on a bit strong from the front of the stalls! She just seemed a bit off tonight though I'm sure many will disagree. Tewsley was just fabulous though. This will sound silly but he has such a lovely 'bouncy' way of dancing - I'd like to see him pair up with Alina someday. I think they'd dance really well together!


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Jane S

10-12-01, 01:01 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   Tony, I did post something about Galeazzi last week, the minute I got back from the theatre - but it's hidden in the last thread and maybe I should have said it a bit louder! I too thought she was excellent.


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jhanner

10-12-01, 01:45 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   LAST EDITED ON 10-12-01 AT 01:46 PM (GMT)

I didnt see her in Onegin but it doesnt surprise me that she made a success of it as I love her work. I thought she was fantastic the first time I saw her years ago as last choice cast in a gala doign the Thais pas de deux. Nothing I've seen her in since has really made me change my opinion. I just hope Ross gives her more opportunities to shine.

Interesting to see Gary's comments about Rojo -I've not seen her yet but would be interested to hear others thoughts on what would be a good role to see her in that would show off her talents.


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Jill

10-12-01, 05:32 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   I have been a huge fan of Rojo since I saw her in the first season of ENBís Romeo and Juliet in the round at the Albert Hall. She was not only ravishingly beautiful, and a wonderful dancer, but a terrific actress as well. She managed to fill the Albert Hall with a remarkable presence, and was completely believable as Juliet. After that, I tried to make sure I saw her in other ENB performances. She was delightful as Clara in the Nutcracker, managing to be charming without being too cute, and riveting in the Rite of Spring, conveying a sense of shock and doom which brought the house down.

Since she has transferred to the Royal, I have only seen her as Juliet again, which reinforced my opinion that she was a natural for the part, and Giselle. The latter was one of the best performances I have seen in the role, utterly unforced acting, and beautiful dancing.

I would have said that she had the talent to tackle any role and put her own remarkable stamp on it, so I have been quite surprised to see the rather cool, not to mention downright poor reviews she has had from others on this web site recently. I have to say that on both occasions I saw her at Covent Garden, it was a special occasion. We had splashed out on the best seats in the stalls, and from there her face was remarkably expressive. I find it astonishing that others find her "uncommunicative" She has a very natural style of acting, which is what I like about her, but maybe she isnít getting across to those sitting further back?

Iíd love to hear the opinions of other people who have seen her at ENB and in other performances at Covent Garden. The current postings seem to suggest that she is not all that popular, or at least not as popular as she should be, which puzzles me.

BTW, I love Galeazzi as well. Unfortunately, I can't see any of the current performances of Onegin. Did someone say they are putting it on again in the summer?


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PhilipBadmin

10-12-01, 07:26 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   Well, the original thread subject was Galeazzi, who I also thought was wonderful as Tatiana in Onegin last week.

As for Rojo, well I've seen her a few times this year at the ROH, such as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Kitri in Don Quixote, and I'm a big fan. She certainly has lovely grace on pointe - she seemed to literally glide across the stage as Odette with the upper body completely still - a perfect swan.

Regards,
PhilipB


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Jill

11-12-01, 12:15 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   >Well, the original thread subject was
>Galeazzi, who I also thought
>was wonderful as Tatiana in
>Onegin last week.

I take your point, Philip, and I did try to start a new thread on Rojo, but troglodyte that I am, I can't seem to manage it. I'll have to eat humble pie and ask my high tech partner to show me the error of my ways.

In the meantime, apologies to everyone if my comments turn up in several different places. I posted 3 times, and it seemed to vanish into a black hole.....


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sylvia

11-12-01, 08:26 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   Onegin is coming back for another run in the summer. I think the dates are already up on the ROH website. I'm sure we'll see Tamara and Alina again and I hope Mara and Jamie will dance too. I do wonder how they'll fill in all those gaps in the mens roles if Adam, Robert, Ethan don't return - definitely will be worth seeing!


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Romi

11-12-01, 01:36 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   I saw Onegin tonight (to be precise, last night) and both Galeazzi and Tewsly were excellent. Galeazzi's portrayal of Tatiana was really superb. As sylvia has previously mentioned, I too was convinced that she was romantic, naive 16 years old in Act 1 & 2 then a matured woman in Act 3. I saw her dance Juliet last season and though it was good performance, she did not really grab me then. But this time she really got Tatiana into her. By the way I truly envy her as she was partnered by Tewsly and Cooper. It woudl be any women's dream to be courted by not only one but two handsome men like them. No wonder Tatiana was so distressed to choose(!?) between Onegin and Gremin in the final scene !

As for Rojo, like Jill I was impressed by Rojo when she danced Juliet along with Bolle at ENB. I did not have another opportunity to see her again with ENB so I was so excited when she joined RB. But somehow I had not been moved by her performance (I saw her Giselle, Juliet and Kitri except one act ballet), though I highly rated her beautiful dancing with remarkable technique. So I was beginning to wonder she may not be my kind of dancer... But I saw Rojo and Cooper last week and I would say it was the first time I was touched by her performance - she was especially good in Act 3, since her Juliet with ENB. Now I can look forward to seeing her in acting role again.


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Robert

11-12-01, 04:13 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   I saw Maria Galleazzi and Tewsley last night and thought them terrific. I have not seen any of the other casts, but feel it would be difficult to better last nightís performances. Although it was not quite full, the audience appeared to really appreciate it with repeated curtain calls for Galleazzi, I do not remember so much applause for a long time. I cannot imagine how the baby ballerinas cope with the last scene. I was very impressed by Tewsley and thought he acted and danced wonderfully. My wife wanted to boo him at the curtain, as he had played Onegin so convincingly.
If the journey home had not been so unpleasant, serious fighting on the tube and the most disgusting eater eating a curry and spitting out the meat on the train, it would have been a superb evening.


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Jim

12-12-01, 12:31 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   >the most disgusting eater eating a
>curry and spitting out the meat on the train

Robert, could you tell us about this in a little more detail please?



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Robert

12-12-01, 03:28 PM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Mara Galeazzi in Onegin"
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   Jim
I am sorry this posting has already strayed from the exceptional performance of Mara Galeazzi to a discussion on Rojo etc.I wonder if you are teasing me?
My journey home was horrendous, I moved from my seat opposite a man who held his curry box near the floor and pulled out the meat chewed it and then put it on the table in front of us. Presumably he was a sort of vegetarian! He followed the disgusting meal with a loud conversation in an unknown language. on his mobile. By this time I had moved away it was difficult to find seats except those near to him, I wished I had waited for a later train.
I have been thinking about Onegin and the passion his unpleasant behaviour caused. All showed so wonderfully by movement dance, dramatic acting and music. The arts at their best. The fight on the tube was between hysterical women and what looked to me like an unpleasant and violent man, and his friends. The doors of the tube were forced open and children were pushed and thrown at him, real emotion and not a pretty sight. Onegin did not seem so bad after all.


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