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Performer: Olga Smirnova

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The Bolshoi's Swan Lake simmers, but the corps shines

Semyon Chudin (Siegfried) and Olga Smirnova (Odette) © Natalia Voronova
Near perfection from the corps de ballet represent the Bolshoi at its very best during its Royal Opera House residency.
***11
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Onegin at the Bolshoi

Olga Smirnova (Tatiana) and Vladislav Lantratov (Onegin) © Damir Yusupov | Bolshoi Theatre
Lantratov played Onegin with considerable nuance and intensity.
***11
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Kiss me, Katya: Bolshoi's Shrew a slinky, sexy delight

Vladislav Lantratov (Petruchio) and Ekaterina Krysanova (Katharina) © Elena Fetisova | Bolshoi Theatre
Unveiled in 2014, Jean-Christophe Maillot's The Taming of the Shrew has been an enormous hit in Moscow. Here it received a triumphant London première as part of the Bolshoi's three-week Royal Opera House residency.
*****
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A galvanizing Don Quixote

Olga Smirnova and Denis Rodkin, Don Quixote © John Hudson
Everyone in the Bolshoi company encapsulates the fiery spirit of Don Quixote
****1
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Olga Smirnova Debuts in Raymonda

© Janet Ward
Olga Smirnova's performance as Raymonda, at the Bolshoi, was nothing short of extraordinary. 
*****
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