Hi Catherine! I still have the souvenir book and program. It was Sunday Matinee November 8, 1964 at the San Francisco Opera House. I was 13 years old...but already a very serious ballet student and dancer and I knew what I was looking at! During this run in SF, Sizova and Soloviev were all the rage. They were the crown jewels of the bright, young, new generation of Kirov dancers; and they were generating great excitement. I also saw Makarova dance Giselle Act 2 pas de deux on this program and remember being pretty impressed. She was also becoming a favorite with the audiences. On this particular visit of the Kirov, Soloviev made a tremendous impression upon me. In "Le Corsaire", he floated very high in the air with huge ballonne coupled with power, great smoothness and finesse. He had that similar kind of sex appeal and charisma in the role that we all associate with Nureyev. Teenage hearts were pounding, I can tell you!
Technically, he was a very suberb dancer and artist. He and Sizova brought the house down! During that run, I also saw him dance "Bluebird" in the full-length "Sleeping Beauty". He is one of the best I have ever seen in the role. It was a long time ago and I was young, but I still remember his huge batterie, his outstanding turning ability, and his gorgeous bird-like port de bras. Here is an excerpt from the souvenir book on "Le Corsaire" Pas de Deux:
"When Alla Sizova and Yuri Soloviev performed this pas de deux during the first Kirov American season at the Metropolitan Opera in 1961, it created a sensation. The performance literally was stopped. John Martin, reviewing in the New York Times, said: "You kept saying to yourself that it simply could not be true. It was incredible." Walter Terry, the New York Herald Tribune critic, reported; "One would have thought that an American audience was determined to make its own first stars overnight. And the audience was right for two, separately and together performed miracles of dance action."