Tsygankova’s impeccable technique and entertaining persona filled the Opera House.
During her début as Kitri in Carlos Acosta’s production of Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House, Natalia Osipova slipped and suffered an injury that left her unable to complete the performance as well as two others at which she had been scheduled to perform.
Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares replaced Osipova and her male counterpart, Matthew Golding, for the first of the following performances, but the Ballet was lucky enough to secure Anna Tsygankova – who is currently a principal dancer at the Dutch National Ballet – for a single performance in an effort to allow Mr. Golding to perform the role fully during the 2014/2015 Season.
The announcement of the replacement came just days before the performance was to take place giving Tsygankova little time to learn and rehearse the new production.
Nevertheless, her impeccable technique and entertaining persona as Kitri filled the Opera House as she made her début with the Royal Ballet while Golding dazzled with high jumps and tricky pirouettes.
Golding, who previously danced with the Dutch National, has partnered Tsygankova several times in the past and their bond made for what could only be described as a special and extraordinary night.
Although this performance of Don Quixote was the only one for Tsygankova and the last for Golding, other casts will continue to perform until January 22nd, 2015. Further details can be found on the Royal Opera House website.