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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2015

Former Royal Ballet star Tamara Rojo took the helm of English National Ballet and inaugurated her new regime with this brand new production of Le corsaire. It may well be 1001-nights style hokum, but it proved to be a critical and popular triumph. Its glamour and dash—and the opportunities it offers for virtuoso display—guarantee an entertaining couple of hours in a version as accomplished and well danced as this one. © 2015 MusicWeb International

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, June 2015

[Alina Cojocaru] dances with exquisite precision and invariably in complete sympathy with both the score and her partner. Mr Muntagirov, on the other hand, has charisma to spare and relishes every opportunity he is given to exhibit his showy skills.

The smaller roles are all well taken and performed. Michael Coleman, in particular, demonstrates a natural bent for comedy as he offers a particularly fruity turn as the lascivious potentate. The ENB orchestra under the baton of Gavin Sutherland may not be required, except in one gorgeous Delibes melody in Le jardin animé, to display a great deal in the way of lush romance, but they certainly produce more than enough of the rhythmic snap and sheer enthusiasm that is Le corsaire’s alternative hallmark. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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