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Cast change: Vadim Muntagirov to dance in Sylvia on 11 and 16 December 2017

A cast change has been announced for the role of Aminta.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

14 December 2017 at 12.18pm | 14 Comments

Due to injury, it has been necessary to make cast changes for performances of The Royal Ballet's Sylvia on 11 and 16 December 2017:

Vadim Muntagirov will now dance the role of Aminta, replacing Federico Bonelli.

If you have a ticket please see terms and conditions of sale.

[Update: This cast change was amended on 14 December 2017 to include an additional cast change on 16 December]

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

14 December 2017 at 12.18pm

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This article has 14 comments

  1. Victoria responded on 8 December 2017 at 7:27pm Reply

    Isn't this an evening performance?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 9 December 2017 at 11:06am

      Apologies - this error has been corrected.

      Best wishes,


  2. Susan Y responded on 8 December 2017 at 7:57pm Reply

    The 11th isn’t a matinee though. Is the cast change also valid for the 16th Sylvia matinee?

  3. Nick responded on 8 December 2017 at 10:52pm Reply

    OMG! I was gutted when this dream team combo was meant for R&J never happened due to Osipova’s injury, so I’m intrigued to see them dancing together. Hope Frederico is ok - sorry to hear the news re injury.

  4. Geoff responded on 9 December 2017 at 5:39am Reply

    Why is a 7.30pm performance described here as a matinee?

  5. Sandie responded on 9 December 2017 at 9:34am Reply

    Chris, I think (hope) you'll find it's a 7.30 start, not a matinee.

  6. Julia responded on 9 December 2017 at 12:30pm Reply

    Good luck to Vadim in a duet with Natasha and Frederico speedy recovery

  7. Vicki Macleod responded on 12 December 2017 at 8:56am Reply

    How lucky I feel to have seen Vadim perform the role yesterday. It absolutely made the evening for me.
    Best wishes for speedy and complete recovery to Federico

  8. Noelle Greenaway responded on 13 December 2017 at 7:34pm Reply

    A the theatre, the cast list was therefore wrong. So from December 8th it wasn't possible to correct the handouts? oh dear..
    Nil point

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 14 December 2017 at 3:13pm

      Hi Noelle,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately the latest that we're able to amend cast sheets for Monday performances is the Friday morning prior.

      As this cast change came after this deadline, we weren't able to amend the text in time. However, an additional cast change slip was produced.

      Best wishes,


  9. r.a. responded on 14 December 2017 at 8:24pm Reply

    I attended the performance on Monday 11 and was also surprised see the cast list still showing Bonelli in the role. Apparently some slips were produced but these should have been attached to the cast list. As it was, only one of the 3 points of sale for the programme had separate amendment sheets (I checked during the interval). Nothing showing the cast change was attached to my programme or cast list or available from the seller when I bought it just before the performance. May I suggest that if the cast change comes after the deadline to amend cast sheets, we have an announcement on stage before the performance begins so that the whole audience knows what the cast change is. What happened on Monday was rather casual and the principal dancers deserve better. It shouldn't be hit-and-miss whether the audience finds out the correct cast at a performance.

    I was thrilled to see Muntagirov in the role and the highlight of the ballet for me was his solo in Act III.

  10. I saw Vadim and Natalia in the 16 Dec and they were a brilliant pairing - both were wonderful in their roles and looked like they'd been rehearsing together for months rather than just paring up this week due to injury. It was a superb show with stellar performances from all the cast and the orchestra, and we enjoyed every second of it.

    Our cast lists (by now) did have Vadim's name in the role of Aminta, but another cast member's substitution (Gemma Pitchley-Gale replacing Romany Pajdak in the concubine role in Act 2) was only available on cast change slips on one table for audience members to pick up (not even placed into programmes!) and not available at all points of sale of the programmes. The ROH never used to be shoddy about this before; not quite sure what is going on this season. If the slips are printed out (there were hundreds left after the show ended) they should be distributed and not just be left in one or two places. Either that or don't waste money printing slips and just announce it on the public address system before the show starts.

    We are also sorry to hear that Federico has been laid low by injury and we wish him a speedy and full recovery soon.

  11. elleG responded on 16 December 2017 at 9:36pm Reply

    I agree that there is a problem with the cast change notices and slips. For today's performance (Sat 16th Dec.) Muntagirov was listed in the cast sheet but there was no note to indicate that he was replacing Bonelli. The amendment slips appeared to be readily available at least half an hour before the performance. But this wasn't the case for The Nutcracker yesterday when we only discovered one at the end of the matinee.

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