Thursday - Rob Cowan with Tamara Rojo
with Rob Cowan and his guest, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo.
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Alicia de Larrocha - Mozart and Haydn, DECCA ELOQUENCE. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.
Artist of the Week: Jacqueline du Pré.
Rob's guest this week is Tamara Rojo. Tamara dazzled the ballet world by winning both a Gold Medal at the Paris International Dance Competition and a Special Jury Award in 1994. She left her native Spain in 1996, having been invited to join the Scottish National Ballet. She then joined the English National Ballet, dancing the full range of principal roles, and ENB Artistic Director Derek Deane created the roles of Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and Clara (The Nutcracker) for Tamara. Her performances as Clara broke attendance records at the London Coliseum, and in 1997 the London Times named her "Dance Revelation of the Year". Three years later, Sir Anthony Dowell asked Tamara to join the Royal Ballet, with whom she danced principal roles in Dowell's Swan Lake, Makarova's The Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere, Nureyev's Don Quixote and Wright's The Nutcracker. She also performed many roles in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's works for the Royal Ballet, including the title roles in Isadora, Romeo and Juliet and Manon, and The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring. In 2012 Tamara was appointed as Director and Principal Dancer of the English National Ballet.
Rob's Essential Choice
Andrew Davis (conductor).
Today's Brainteaser Answer - Where am I?
St Thomas's Church, Leipzig.