Fairchild is an endearingly spunky Swanhilda, and De Luz imbues the role of Frantzplayed in 1870 by a woman in dragwith an impish and zesty masculinity. Old Dr. Coppelius isnt an easy role. Robert La Fosse does a magnificent job of portraying his crankiness, but he also shows us a man sadly deluded by his own power. His delight when the doll he made appears to come to life (Swanhilda puts on Coppelias dress and replaces her in her chair) suggests a love a bit more lecherous than that of a father for a daughter. He and Fairchild convey both the comedy and the pathos of the scene in which she dances mischievously for him while he pants and hobbles around, reaching out for this miraculous beauty.
Two of the seasons 14 programs have more performances this week, eight are still to come. What a city that has such treasures in it!