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Casting confirmed for The Royal Ballet's tour to Spain 2018

The Royal Ballet will perform the Company's new production of Swan Lake at Teatro Real in Madrid in July.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

2 July 2018 at 4.51pm | 33 Comments

Spanish audiences will be able to watch The Royal Ballet's hotly-anticipated new production of Swan Lake as part of an exclusive residency at Teatro Real in Madrid.

Principal dancers performing will be Federico Bonelli, Ryoichi Hirano, Sarah Lamb, Yasmine NaghdiMarianela Nuñez, Akane Takada and Vadim Muntagirov. Spanish Company members performing during the residency include Itziar Mendizabal and David YudesSteven McRae, Lauren Cuthbertson and Natalia Osipova have withdrawn due to injury.

This is the first time the Company have performed in the city since 1997, when they performed Anthony Dowell's production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: 'It’s an honour for us to be returning to the Teatro Real after over 20 years, presenting this hugely exciting new production of Swan Lake. Everyone in the Company is very much looking forward to performing in Madrid, and I'm thrilled to be able to share this production with Spanish audiences after it receives its premiere in London in May.’

Casting for Odette/Odile, Prince Siegfried:

  • 18, 22 July: Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov
  • 19 July: Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball (Natalia Osipova has withdrawn due to injury)
  • 20 July: Sarah Lamb, Ryoichi Hirano
  • 21 July, 5pm: Akane Takada, William Bracewell (Steven McRae has withdrawn due to injury)
  • 21 July, 10pm: Yasmine Naghdi, Federico Bonelli (Lauren Cuthbertson has withdrawn due to injury)

For tickets, visit the Teatro Real website

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

2 July 2018 at 4.51pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged casting, Madrid, Royal Ballet tour, Swan Lake, Teatro Real, The Royal Ballet

This article has 33 comments

  1. Jocelyne Wilson responded on 26 April 2018 at 5:25pm Reply

    Will Laura Morera still be injured by then? How sad for her not to be able to enjoy performing at home

  2. elleG responded on 28 April 2018 at 11:50am Reply

    Lovely that the RB is touring Swan Lake but, oh, the ticket prices. Typically what is left to purchase at the moment costs 85 euros in 'the gods'.
    It would have been great had Laura Morera been able to dance in her own country but she is not cast here so that would have been unlikely. However - why have Naghdi/Kish not got a show in Madrid? I understand that promoters abroad might want to have 'big names' but there is surely a parallel need to introduce the Royal Ballet's rising stars to as wide a possible audience.

    • Alex responded on 30 April 2018 at 12:15pm

      I do agree and such a shame the RB isn't taking this opportunity to introduce their (youngest) Principal Yasmine Naghdi (partnered by Kish) to a wider international audience. My wife and I were prepared to travel to Madrid just to see her dance O/O as we are big fans of her. I understand they want to show off Osipova (with Ball) and Nunez and Muntagirov and McRae, Bonelli and Cuthbertson but we have seen these Principals in the past on several occasions so we had hoped for an incentive to travel to Madrid whilst also seeing an extra performance by Miss Naghdi.

  3. Sim responded on 28 April 2018 at 12:00pm Reply

    Laura doesn't dance this role.

  4. Polly Evaristo responded on 28 April 2018 at 5:32pm Reply

    Think it’s a pity that Matthew Ball isn’t mentioned when he is performing a major role presumably because he is not a principal. Hierarchy gone mad in my humble opinion!!

  5. Morton Paley responded on 1 May 2018 at 5:43am Reply

    Matthew Ball deserves to be a principal

    • elleG responded on 6 May 2018 at 12:34pm

      Don't fret too much, Morton Paley, previous announcements of this kind have also omitted key names. Of course, in this case, something interesting could have been made of the fact that Ball is now officially dancing with Osipova, having stepped in to partner her mid-performance (in Giselle) earlier in the year.

  6. Stevie responded on 3 May 2018 at 2:30pm Reply

    Madrid is indeed lucky to witness live performances from such a prestigious company, with many outstanding artists and a Corps de Ballet second to none.
    I only wish that a Major North of England and/or Scottish City could be so privileged in this manner. Maybe something could be scheduled in the future, even as a recognition or gesture of out tax paying contribution to the 'Arts Council' awards.

  7. Sim responded on 8 May 2018 at 8:21am Reply

    I too am very disappointed that Miss Naghdi has not been given a show in Madrid. A missed opportunity for the RB and for Madrid audiences.

  8. Jillian responded on 22 May 2018 at 2:52pm Reply

    At least they are bringing Akane Takada, who will no doubt be a lovely, willowy swan.

  9. Jillian responded on 23 May 2018 at 2:21pm Reply

    One other comment I’d like to make. It seems that the company gives soloist parts to principles not infrequently. I feel sorry for your excellent soloists who do not get displayed, and also who seem to have little chance to dance principle parts, as some of your dancers have in the past. Chloe is , of course an exception, though no one in management seems to promote her for all her hard work.

  10. Alex responded on 3 June 2018 at 10:56am Reply

    You announced that Yasmine Naghdi is replacing Lauren Cuthbertson in Swan Lake on 18th June, please confirm if Naghdi will also dance Odette/Odile at Teatro Real in Madrid?

  11. Ash Armstrong responded on 29 June 2018 at 6:39pm Reply

    When do they leave? I'm doing a backstage tour on July 12, and I was wondering if they would still be rehearsing here, or would have left already?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 10 July 2018 at 10:09am

      Hi Ash,

      The Royal Ballet have largely finished the Covent Garden Season, aside from a few small rehearsals.

      Best wishes,


  12. Alex responded on 29 June 2018 at 7:54pm Reply

    Can someone please confirm if your Principal ballerina Yasmine Naghdi will be dancing Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on 18th June? and will Frederico Bonelli be her partner? Thank you.

  13. Peter Hillyar-Russ responded on 2 July 2018 at 7:05pm Reply

    "Principal dancers performing will be Federico Bonelli, Ryoichi Hirano, Sarah Lamb, Marianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Akane Takada and Vadim Muntagirov. " …..
    AND Yasmine Naghdi….

    • Alex responded on 9 July 2018 at 8:32pm

      Good you brought that to their attention Peter, how they they NOT notice! Thrilled Yasmine Naghdi is dancing in Madrid and my wife and I will soon be on our way to see her and Bonelli. Just can't wait!

  14. Stevie responded on 3 July 2018 at 6:03pm Reply

    All have a good time and send us some photos back. It will be good to get away to somewhere cooler.

  15. Brian responded on 9 July 2018 at 8:41am Reply

    I agree completely with Jillian above. Yuhui Choe should have been made a principal years ago. Likewise, Matthew Ball. The partnership of Takada and Bracewell looks interesting for the Madrid season.

  16. George Dicksons responded on 9 July 2018 at 8:41pm Reply

    We are so immensely looking forward to our trip to Madrid to see Yasmine Naghdi again as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. It will be the highlight of our Summer holiday in Spain!

  17. Lucy responded on 10 July 2018 at 2:34pm Reply

    I am so jealous of the Madrid audience on 19th July. Wish I could be there!

  18. I can't wait to hear about this year's promotions. You're taking too long!

    • George Dicksons responded on 11 July 2018 at 5:32pm

      The Royal Ballet promotions are traditionally announced once their Tour is finished and the Season is over. This year the RB Madrid Tour finishes on Sunday 22nd July.

  19. Oh! Then we have to wait.

  20. George Dicksons responded on 13 July 2018 at 9:26am Reply

    They clearly broke with that tradition this year as the Promotions were suddenly announced this morning!

  21. Graeme Williams responded on 13 July 2018 at 5:14pm Reply

    Good to see Yasmine has two show now, although at the expense of injury elsewhere. Saw her in London and can say that Madrid are lucky with this turn of events. Beautiful dancer!

  22. Morton Paley responded on 13 July 2018 at 6:59pm Reply

    Matthew Ball is now a principal!

    Beat wishes to Natalia Osipova for a speedy recovery.

  23. James Fernandez responded on 15 July 2018 at 12:12am Reply

    When do they leave for Madrid?

  24. DaveM responded on 15 July 2018 at 12:54pm Reply

    great to see Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball reunited for a performance of Swan Lake - how many of us regulars wish that had happened in London!

  25. Jennifer Taylor responded on 23 July 2018 at 10:01pm Reply

    I've just returned from Madrid having seen 5/6 shows and would like to say what a triumph the whole tour has been with the entire cast producing exceptional performances throughout. Special mention for Marianela and Vadim who reached even greater heights than it ever seemed possible, but also to William Bracewell who showed what high potential he has for the future.

  26. elleG responded on 24 July 2018 at 11:40am Reply

    The tour was an absolute triumph with the whole company on top form (despite the extra challenges of touring in extreme heat and, for the corps and soloists, of dancing every show)..

    Special mentions for Muntagirov, Nunez, Takada, Bracewell and Naghdi who gave superlative performances. Marianela and Vadim were beyond breathtaking emotionally and technically. Akane and Yasmine were gloriously fragile Odettes and seductively evil Odiles and William has been a revelation in everything he has danced this season.

    It is interesting to see the RB perform abroad, as I have now done some half dozen times in most parts of the world, and to witness how local audiences respond. In Madrid, there were huge cheers and standing ovations. Lovely to be a part of that.

    The tour was a fitting way to end what has been an amazing season. Thank you Royal Ballet - each and every one of you.

  27. Jennifer Taylor responded on 24 July 2018 at 9:38pm Reply

    I think what makes this production so special is that there are so many applaudable moments. I don't mean polite applause, but heartfelt applause. That's down first to the choreography by Liam Scarlett, and then to how the dancers execute. That's all the dancers, not just the Principals. So, huge accolades to the entire cast. Many dancers performed multiple roles in the same performance and then the swans were perfection throughout. It's the sum of all that which produces the ultimate audience experience.

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