Roberto Bolle danced the part of Romeo on June 15, 2013 with the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House. The production was created by Kenneth MacMillan over forty years ago but is still performed today, probably because it is one of the most perfect ballet productions ever produced. Italian ballet star and great beauty Roberto Bolle was amazing in the technical skill and ease he conveyed as Romeo and his acting which in the past has been a bit hammy, shall we say, has greatly improved. His performance was touching and brilliant in its execution of the MacMillian choreography. As always, he was a generous partner to Julie Kent, who is now the oldest principal ballerina currently dancing with the ABT. While I'm not crazy about the fact that she no longer can communicate Juliet's youthful innocence, her technical skills are still at the top of their game and she brings an intelligence to the role, lacking to so many other younger ballerinas.
The audience was wildly enthusiastic after the performance last Saturday evening and brought Kent and Bolle back for a promenade across the Met stage. I have uploaded my video of the final bows below. The photos seen here have been grabbed from the video.