... I am certain that she is aware of the public disquiet concerning Somova and she above all others wouldn't want a Covent Garden first night beginning with the balletic equivalent to a car crash.
I truly hope that the producers and Fateev pay very close attention to what they're doing, otherwise opening night will be a quiet riot.
Common sense may prevail! This sounds very promising although it's still early to throw a party. Nothing is certain with Mariinsky casting until the curtain rises and we truly see who is up on the stage.
On the other hand, I just received my 2009/2010 Kennedy Center Ballet Series subscription brochure and guess who is the 'poster girl' for the Mariinsky's run of Sleeping Beauty-1952s? Yup - Somova. I counted no less than three colour photos of her including one in 190-degree penchee during the Rose Adagio, of all things!? So that is the image of Aurora in 2009? Sad.
190 degrees. She's the only Aurora in the company who gets away with these egregious mistakes. And this is just one ballet in which she repeatedly commits seppuku. There may be two explanations for this problem. Is it deliberate? Or is it (gasp!), that she just can't help herself; and it can't be corrected? Either way, is this merit? Is this "growth?" No. After six years of "professional" paces in this role, and the other few in her repertory, (few - for a Principal Dancer), this is ridiculous.
If Netrebko or Flemming repeatedly hit flat notes during arias, in every
performance, would opera companies and audiences sit still for that? Would they be Divas? Would they have careers? I don't think so. This is what Fateev and his predecessor have subjected ballet audiences too with Somova. Her "entrance" and Act 1 variation are impossible as well. Why? Because Aurora is the most academic role in the repertory. Weak pointes, flexnastics, zero port de bras, emphatic bent wrists and fingers, turned-in feet, over-portruding chin, and histrionics destroy it. From Act 1 to Act 3 the outrages compound themselves, and rapidly slalom downhill to the very last bar of the Apotheose.