I'm sorry I'm late to this discussion. IMO, I think La Scala is making a huge mistake. Milan need not book Vaziev, of all people. His assets and liabilities, (which outweigh his assets), have been discussed at length in these threads. His reputation precedes him. I'd have thought the ideal candidate would have been Alessandra Ferri. IMO she's Milan's most illustrious product of the last generation. I agree that Cechetti is disappearing - in a way, that say, Ashton is disappearing from Covent Garden, (and that's another issue for the RB threads).
I also agree that Katya Kondaurova will thrive, survive and succeed to PD without Madame Vazieva
if she's not obstructed. Now that Olga's leaving for La Scala, her other "star" pupil's long term future is another matter. I concur with Natalia et.al. that Tereshkina's face is a drawback. Obviously, if she didn't have technique and artistry to burn, she wouldn't have made it to Principal Dancer. Tereshkina's fate could have easily gone in the opposite direction. The authorities could've said, " . . . No: Her face isn't right," and buried her forever in the lower ranks. Thankfully, they didn't do this to her.
Superb technique covers a multitude of "sins." On the other hand, there are 'attractive' dancers who simply can't execute. There are physically gorgeous dancers, with white hot technique who (1) never get past "GO," and/or (2) never get their due or ever get pushed. For example, how is it that Pavlenko, (when active), got two (2) Petersburg "Giselles," and not one (1) home opening season "Swan Lake" in more than a decade? She still hasn't been granted an opening season O/O at home. That's inexplicable and incredible. When (if ?) she returns IMO she's most deserving of this honor, and moreso now because of what Catherine stated in her previous post. 3/6 of the creme is past their 'sell by' date, and it's getting thin at the top. Another example: Why does Obratzova, an IBC Gold Medalist, have to guest outside Petersburg to debut as Kitri, Aurora and Raymonda - the first and last roles being debuts outside Russia? Whereas others, (such as You Know Who
), slip through the cracks, are excused everything, get pushed past overkill, and then get promoted far beyond what their resumes and international critical evaluations warrant. Lately, sanity has made a comeback. The dancer that best fits the description above, (Somova), wasn't first cast during last month's U.S. tour. Politics is the unknown variable, and the 500 lb. ape in the corner of every company. Management's choices are often perplexing. And because of this fact, in some cases, flaming technique and Gold Medals simply aren't enough. Alot depends on who is at command and control, which faction(s) have backstage and front office advantage, and who's pushing/underwriting whom. MO.