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The passing of La Stupenda, Dame Joan Sutherland, cast a long dark shadow over the evening and maybe it was that which gave this revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto (Gilda was one of many roles she famously sang at Covent Garden) an added frisson of commitment and excitement.

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An earlier hit is diminished by being extended, while a modern classic grows in stature

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Royal Ballet Triple Bill, Royal Opera House

The Royal Ballet ends the season by putting on plenty of stars. This programme of plotless ballets has a lot of leading roles – and though injury and illness forced several cast changes, the dancers have been switched to good effect. The company looks strong and happy throughout.

The Big Picture: In perfect harmony

Set against a deep ocean blue backdrop, these two dancers from the Royal Ballet look suspended in thin air as they leap in synch to George Balanchine's Symphony in C.

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After Kenneth MacMillan's shocking one-acter, a ragtime romp, however well danced, seems flippant

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Observations: New Watkins serves up vibrant slices of modern life

If you like your ballet to reflect real life then dancer and choreographer Jonathan Watkins's new work, titled New Watkins, which premieres tonight at the Royal Opera House is for you. It's his first work for the main stage and an intriguing look at five separate modern day "slices of life". There's a young carefree group in the kitchen at a house party who are all living for the moment; a dysfunctional "sofa couple" where the man is constantly focused on the TV, while his girlfriend vies for his attention; an energetic piece inspired by the street culture ritual of shoefiti, where gangs throw trainers over telephone wires to mark territory; a Lost in Translation-style isolated woman in a waiting room and finally, a male commuter who's stuck in a boring routine.

Georgina Parkinson: Ballerina best known for her performance as La Garconne in Nijinska's 'Les Biches'

To those who saw her, Georgina Parkinson was unforgettable in the role of La Garçonne, the enigmatic, androgynous figure who drifts into Bronislava Nijinska's sly and witty modernist classic Les Biches. Nijinska (sister of Vaslav Nijinsky), who created her ballet of manners for Diaghilev, revived it in 1964 for the Royal Ballet. She spent hours patiently coaching Parkinson who, 30 years later, remembered that the ballet was technically hard for her, very stylised, and she didn't have "a burningly great technique".

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