CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE¹S
SPRING SEASON AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes to Lead World Premiere Cast of
The Sleeping Beauty on June 1, 2007
Guest Artists Desmond Richardson and Rasta Thomas
to Perform Title Role in Othello
Additional casting for American Ballet Theatre¹s 2007 Spring
Season at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 14-July 7, was announced today
by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Principal Dancers for the engagement will include Nina
Ananiashvili, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Jose Manuel Carreño, Angel Corella,
Herman Cornejo, Irina Dvorovenko, Alessandra Ferri, Marcelo Gomes, David
Hallberg, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Vladimir Malakhov, Gillian Murphy,
Xiomara Reyes, Ethan Stiefel, Diana Vishneva and Michele Wiles.
Guest artists for the engagement include Roberto Bolle, a
resident guest artist with La Scala in Milan, Guillaume Côté, a principal
dancer with National Ballet of Canada, Desmond Richardson, artistic director
of Complexions dance company and former ABT Principal Dancer, and Rasta
Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet
Theatre. Superfund Asset Management, Inc. and Northern Trust are the
sponsors of ABT¹s Metropolitan Opera House Season. The 2007 Metropolitan
Opera House season is also made possible with public funds from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state
agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The 2007 Spring Season will open with the Spring Gala
performance featuring ABT¹s Principal Dancers on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 pm.
The Gala performance will include a special guest performance by
internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang. Honorary Chairmen for the
Spring Gala are Caroline Kennedy and Blaine Trump. Co-Chairmen are Carolina
Herrera, Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Tory Burch and Susan Fales-Hill. Vice
Chairmen include Anne Grauso, Dassyi Olarte de Kanavos and Tara Rockefeller.
ABT¹s Spring Gala is generously sponsored by First American Title Insurance
Company of New York, GRAFF, Griffon Corporation, Carolina Herrera, Ltd.,
Tivia and Richard Kramer, La Prairie, and RexCorp Realty.
The World Premiere of ABT¹s all-new production of The Sleeping
Beauty is scheduled for Friday evening, June 1 with Veronika Part as
Princess Aurora and Marcelo Gomes as Prince Désiré. Part and Gomes will
reprise their roles on Monday, June 4. Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella
will debut in the leading roles at the Saturday, June 2 matinee performance
with a repeat of their roles on Thursday evening, June 7. Julie Kent and
Ethan Stiefel will perform the leading roles on the evenings of June 2 and
June 5. Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky will debut in the leading
roles at the Wednesday, June 6 matinee and Friday evening, June 8. Diana
Vishneva will perform the role of Aurora for the first time with ABT,
opposite Vladimir Malakhov as Prince Désiré, on Wednesday evening, June 6
and again on Saturday evening, June 9. Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg
will debut in the leading roles at the Saturday, June 9 matinee.
The Sleeping Beauty, with choreography after Marius Petipa, will
be staged by Kevin McKenzie and Gelsey Kirkland, with assistance by Michael
Chernov. The production, which will receive eleven performances through
June 9, features scenery by Tony Walton, costumes by Willa Kim and lighting
by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang. Tara and John Milne are the original
underwriters of ABT¹s The Sleeping Beauty. Co-underwriters of this
production are Joan Taub Ades and Alan M. Ades, Adrienne Arsht, Arlene and
Harvey Blau, Devon and Peter Briger, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Lori and
Stephen Garofalo, Jill L. Leinbach and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Shaw.
Additional funding has been provided by the NIB Foundation. Special thanks
to Caroline Newhouse. Performances of The Sleeping Beauty are made possible
with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Commissioned by American Ballet Theatre in 1997, Lar Lubovitch¹s
Othello will have its New York Revival Premiere on Tuesday evening, May 22
with Julie Kent as Desdemona and Marcelo Gomes in the title role. Gillian
Murphy and David Hallberg will perform the leading roles at the matinee on
Wednesday, May 23. Guest artist Rasta Thomas will perform the title role on
Wednesday evening, May 23 opposite Xiomara Reyes. Alessandra Ferri will
debut in the role of Desdemona opposite guest artist Desmond Richardson as
Othello on Thursday evening, May 24. Othello is choreographed by Lubovitch
and set to a commissioned score by Elliot Goldenthal. The full-evening
ballet features scenery by George Tsypin, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward,
lighting by Pat Collins and projections by Wendall K. Harrington. The
ballet received its revival premiere on January 11, 2007 at The John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Othello will be
given four performances through May 24. This production has been made
possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a
State Agency. Additional funding has been provided by the Audrey Love
Following the Opening Night Gala, American Ballet Theatre will
present eight consecutive performances of Natalia Makarova¹s La Bayadère,
beginning Tuesday evening, May 15. Set to the music of Ludwig Minkus and
arranged by John Lanchbery, La Bayadère features scenery by PierLuigi
Samaritani, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting by Toshiro Ogawa.
Conceived and directed by Makarova after Marius Petipa, La Bayadère was
given its World Premiere by ABT in 1980. The season¹s first performance of
the full-evening ballet will feature Paloma Herrera as Nikiya, Angel Corella
as Solor and Gillian Murphy as Gamzatti. This production was generously
supported through an endowed gift from Ruth and Harold Newman. La Bayadère
is presented in loving memory of Mrs. Caroline Newhouse.
The season¹s first performance of Sir Kenneth MacMillan¹s Manon
is scheduled for Monday evening, June 11 with Alessandra Ferri in the title
role and guest artist Roberto Bolle as Des Grieux, Herman Cornejo as Lescaut
and Gillian Murphy as Lescaut¹s Mistress. Set to a score by Jules Massenet
and inspired by the novel Manon Lescaut, Manon was staged for ABT by Monica
Parker and features scenery and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting
by Thomas Skelton. Manon was given its World Premiere by The Royal Ballet
at the Royal Opera House in London on March 7, 1974 and was first performed
by ABT at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 28, 1993. This production was
generously supported through an endowed gift from Anka K. Palitz, in memory
of Clarence Y. Palitz, Jr.
Diana Vishneva and Angel Corella will lead the season¹s first
performance of Sir Kenneth MacMillan¹s Romeo and Juliet on Monday evening,
June 18. Set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet features
scenery and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting by Thomas Skelton.
Principal Dancer Alessandra Ferri will dance her final performance with
American Ballet Theatre in the role of Juliet on Saturday evening, June 23
at the Metropolitan Opera House. In her final bow as Juliet, Ferri will
dance opposite guest artist Roberto Bolle as Romeo. Romeo and Juliet,
scheduled for eight performances through June 23, received its World
Premiere by The Royal Ballet in London on February 9, 1965 and was given its
ABT Company Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on April 22, 1985.
ABT¹s production of Romeo and Juliet is generously underwritten through an
endowed gift from Ali and Monica Wambold. Additional funding has been
provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.
Eight performances of Swan Lake, choreographed by Kevin McKenzie
after Marius Petipa, will be given beginning Monday evening, June 25 with
Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky leading the opening night cast.
Swan Lake is set to the score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features
scenery and costumes by Zack Brown and lighting by Duane Schuler. This
production of Swan Lake premiered on March 24, 2000 at The John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Swan Lake is generously
underwritten by The Rosh Foundation.
Last season¹s Company Premiere of James Kudelka¹s Cinderella
will conclude the season with seven performances beginning Monday evening,
July 2. The three-act ballet, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev,
features scenery and costumes by David Boechler and lighting by Christopher
Dennis. Kudelka¹s Cinderella was given its World Premiere by The National
Ballet of Canada in Toronto, Canada on May 8, 2004. This production was
generously supported through an endowed gift from Monica, Stefano, Cosima,
and Tassilo Corsi. This production is made possible with public funds from
the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the
Arts, a state agency.
Eight performances of repertory, May 25 through May 31, will
also be featured as part of American Ballet Theatre¹s Spring Season. The
program will include George Balanchine¹s Symphonie Concertante followed by
Sir Frederick Ashton¹s The Dream.
Set to Mozart¹s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major for Violin
and Viola, Symphonie Concertante was created in 1947 for Ballet Society and
received its ABT Company Premiere in 1983. The ballet features costumes by
Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting by David K.H. Elliott. This production of
Symphonie Concertante is staged by Susan Jones. The season¹s first
performance of the ballet on Friday evening, May 25 will feature Julie Kent,
Marcelo Gomes and Paloma Herrera in the leading roles. Symphonie Concertante
has been made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on
the Arts, a state agency.
Sir Frederick Ashton¹s The Dream, staged by Anthony Dowell with
Christopher Carr, is set to music by Felix Mendelssohn, with sets and
costumes by David Walker and lighting by John B. Reed. Ashton¹s The Dream
received its World Premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1964. Adapted from A
Midsummer Night¹s Dream by William Shakespeare, The Dream was first
performed by ABT in May 2002 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Xiomara Reyes
will make her debut as Titania opposite Ethan Stiefel as Oberon and Herman
Cornejo as Puck in the season¹s first performances of The Dream on Friday
evening, May 25. The Dream is presented in loving memory of Clarence Y.
Palitz, Jr. by his family. Performances of The Dream have been made
possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the
New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional funding has
been provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.
ABTKids, the annual one-hour introduction to ballet, is
scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at 11:30am. This season¹s performance of
ABTKids, Sleeping Beauty and Friends, will also feature a special appearance
by Angelina Ballerina. All tickets for ABTKids are $25.
CA, Inc. is the leading corporate sponsor of ABT¹s Family
Initiatives. ABTKids is generously supported through an endowed gift from
Thomas and Lydia West in loving memory of Vivian B. West.
Pre-performance workshops, an activity based program led by ABT
Teaching Artists, are available to matinee ticket holders on Saturday, May
19 (11:00 am), Saturday, May 26 (11:00 am), Saturday, June 23 (11:00 am),
and to ABTKids ticket holders on Saturday, June 9 (9:30am). Workshops are
held in the rehearsal studios of the Metropolitan Opera House. Tickets to
the workshops are $20 per person and are only available to ticket holders
for the matinee performance following the workshop.
American Ballet Theatre¹s education programs are supported, in
part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Box Office to Open April_1
Individual tickets for American Ballet Theatre¹s 2007 Spring
Season are on sale beginning April 1 and are available in-person at the
Metropolitan Opera House box office, by phone at 212-362-6000 and on-line at
ABT¹s website www.abt.org