I meant to review as I went and saw each night. I saw all 3 casts and enjoyed myself immensely even if there were near drops, falls off pointe, sour notes from the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, etc.
Before going I predicted Anastasia Kolegova would be the best Raymonda, Yekaterina Kondaurova would be second best, and Oksana Skorik would be dead last.
After seeing all three I feel my prediction was correct. Kolegova had musicality, good acting, and excellent technique in the role.
Yekaterina Kondaurova, who strikes me as a Bolshoi style dancer and someone who would look best in the clapping variation as opposed to the more delicate girlish variations, did much better than I thought she would. She was more innocent and delicate than past times I have seen her.
Oksana Skorik had a terrible Opening Night looking like she was coasting through the role counting steps. However, on Friday she had improved to the point where she was not an embarrassment, but then at the Sunday matinee she was dancing tentatively and sluggishly and then cancelled so Kolegova danced Act 2 and 3. My main complaint is that she always looks like she is in deep concentration thinking about what to do next, and she looks afraid. I don't mean to trash her, but I think Mariinsky audiences deserve more.[ Post made via Mobile Device ]