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Friedemann Vogel and Eleonora Abbagnato, © Yasuko Kageyama / TOR

Ciao from Roma!

What a joy to be back here with the Rome Opera Ballet, for the second year in a row! This time, I will be dancing Chevalier des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan’s beautiful tragedy Manon, with the Rome Opera Ballet Director of the Corps de Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet Ètoile Eleonora Abbagnato in the eponymous role. It has been a while since Eleonora and I last shared the stage, so I am really looking forward to partnering her again, for three performances on 25th, 27th and 29th May, at the beautiful Teatro Costanzi.

Much love

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Svetlana Zakharova and Friedemann Vogel in "Giselle", Copyright: Silvia Lelli

Svetlana Zakharova and Friedemann Vogel
in “Giselle”, Copyright: Silvia Lelli

Dear Stuttgart-Ballet friends,

I am presently in Rome dancing Giselle (in a choreography by Patrice Bart) with the Ballet Company of the Teatro dell’Opera – in the open air theatre in Caracalla. My partner is Svetlana Zakharova, the Principal Dancer with the Bolschoi Ballet. It is the first time for us to work together, and Svetlana is simply beautiful to dance with!
All in all it is unbelievably romantic to dance Giselle in the moonlight, especially the second act with the magical Willis.

I will be wallowing in romanticism for some more days, and afterwards I am looking forward to returning home to Stuttgart and dance at home, indeed of my favorite parts: The Lenski in John Cranko’s Onegin.

Yours, Friedemann