Maggie Watson writes:

Sleeping Beauty, broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to the Oxford Phoenix, 15 December 2011


Sleeping Beauty is my favourite Petipa/Tchaikovsky ballet both for the music and the classical choreography, and because it has a happy ending (there’s no suggestion in this version of the story that Aurora has acquired as mother-in-law who will try to eat her!).
Lauren Cuthbertson was a charming and very English Aurora inhabiting the role with a lovely clean and uncluttered style.  There were some wobbles in the Rose Adagio (did she not like her third prince very much?), but her acting carried the audience, and she became increasingly secure, always showing a subtle feeling for mood and contrast.  Her prince, Sergei Polunin, was elegant and noble, landing softly from his jumps, and performing with apparent ease throughout.  Together, they made a happy partnership in the third act.  Claire Calvert gave us a smiley and cheery Lilac Fairy, who was not afraid to take risks with the choreography, confidently shooting into her arabesques penchées.
I’d have liked to have seen more of the excepts from rehearsals that were shown in the first interval, and there is indeed more on the ROH website http://www.roh.org.uk/discover/ballet/sleepingbeauty.aspx , where Monica Mason rehearses Carabosse.

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