Svetlana Zakharova as Princess Aurora. The Bolshoi Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty. Royal Opera House, 2013. Photo Foteini Christofilopoulou. Zakharova was bred for the role of Aurora, her superb control of balance with exquisite line, especially in arabesque, and the delicate radiance of her port de bras are ideally suited to the extreme test posed by the Rose Adage, which she accomplished with confident, elegant authority. Zakharova convinced us to believe in a young princess half her age.