On May 17, 2010, American Ballet Theatre opened its
landmark 70th Anniversary Season at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Join ABT Soloist Carlos Lopez as he takes us behind the scenes of
this exciting day, culminating in a spectacular Gala performance
and a glamorous black tie dinner.
Good morning. Big day ahead!! I leave my house with my suit for
tonight’s dinner. We’ve waited all year for the Met
I take the subway to the theater where I read the newspaper and
answer some emails.
Just got to the Met!! Beautiful day and beautiful theater - What
else can you ask for on an opening night gala?
After setting myself up in the dressing room, I’m going to
grab a coffee at the canteen and
finish unpacking my theater case. I also have some dressing room
laughs with Daniil and Cory:)
At the Met elevator going to class with Aino Ettala and Maria Riccetto.
I start warming up for Company class in one of the studios. This
is the barre
that I have been at for many years. Marcelo and Blaine are my barre
After class with Clinton, I have no time for anything so I run to
the dressing room. I have to shave, sew my shoes, get a new Met
id card and then I'll have only 15 minutes to get into make-up before
the spacing rehearsal. Busy day for sure!
After sewing my shoes backstage with Simone, I’m running to
the dressing room to put on my costume for the dress rehearsal of
Our dresser Bill is helping me get into costume and will be taking
care of our costumes during the Met season.
Between Birthday Offering and the Company bows, I have
time to eat some rice and chicken at my spot and relax a little
bit during lunch.
The rehearsal for tonight’s gala is over and I can have a
nap before the show.
I put my make-up on again and go backstage to warm up with Maria.
I get into costume because its show time!!!!
We are the first in the program so we all wait for the stage call.
The nervousness starts a little after I see that Lupe Serrano, Mikhail
Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Alessandra Ferri, Martine van Hamel
and Frederic Franklin are on the stage giving a speech. It’s
very exciting to see such illustrious alumni from American Ballet
Theatre together on stage :)
This is a picture I took right before the show with my partner
Isabella Boylston :)
Yeah!!! Birthday Offering went well and I watch the rest
of the gala from the wings waiting for the Company bows at the end.
Having dinner at my table with very nice people and my friend Fernando
who is visiting me from Spain. The food is delicious and we end
up, of course, on the dance floor.
After a long and exciting day, I get out of the theater to go home.
What a day! It was a lot of fun and tomorrow is opening night of
La Bayadère. Good night!
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