|Matthew Golding and |
Photo: Tristram Kenton / ROH
Golding showed great depth in his character transformation through the ballet - from brooding and aloof to a fragile shadow of a man. Osipova's interpretation, of a young girl utterly bereft, pained and broken by her rejection, was thoroughly convincing and compelling. In the final pas de deux, Osipova even shook as she tore up Onegin's letter.
The pair were expertly supported by Yasmine Naghdi as Olga, with her effortless classical technique and charming characterisation, and Matthew Ball as an impassioned Lensky.
This was a truly brilliant performance of a truly brilliant ballet.