Photos: Erik Tomasson
I'll be performing the lead role of Swanilda in the opening night of San Francisco Ballet's production of George Balanchine's Coppélia on Saturday night as well as the evening performance on Friday 25th March and the matinee on Sunday 27th March:
"Casting for Saturday's opening performance was stellar all the way. Together, Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin add up to a frisky pair of teens. For Nedvigin, Franz is simply a career triumph, notable for purity of style, antic spirit and elegant showmanship. Kochetkova is a naughty but nice Swanilda, an authentic stylist capable of dazzling us with strings of bourrees, smooth cambrés and airy jetes."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Maria Kochetkova as 'Swanilda' was sublime. Her acting chops have soared to a new level in this delightful romp that also demands the skills of a top drawer diva ballerina. Her petite frame and sweet visage make her the ideal choice for the role of a bride-to-be who must prove the fidelity of her lover who has suddenly developed a thing for a life-size mechanical doll."
San Francisco Sentinel