The role of Olga in Cranko's Onegin is a minor principal role that requires finesse but no flash and dash. It is a role that is customarily reserved for soloists or senior corps de ballet members. Maria Riccetto debuted in it as a senior corps member just prior to being named a soloist. Xiomara Reyes debuted in it as a soloist just prior to being named a principal. ABT's own treasure in the corps, Gemme Bond, performed Olga while a member of The Royal Ballet.
So why is ABT giving this role, which is customarily given as a growth opportunity to senior corps members and soloists, to guest artist Natalia Osipova? Did David Koch say, "Oh, I love her. Just put her in everything, and I'll give you 30 million dollars"?
Why is the flash and dash Osipova being given a minor principal role normally reserved for senior corps members and soloists? Does McKenzie really believe that Vishneva and Gomes will not sell out those performances on their own power?
How ridiculous is this getting with ABT now giving its corps members' opportunities to Osipova?