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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 SPRING SEASON
AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

 
Gillian Murphy and Maxim Beloserkovsky to Lead
U.S. Revival Premiere of Sylvia, Friday Evening, June 3

Julio Bocca to Bid Farewell To Don Quixote on Wednesday Evening, May 25

 
5/6/2005 - Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Following the Opening Night Spring Gala on Monday, May 23, the Company will give four performances of Don Quixote staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones beginning Tuesday evening, May 24 with Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella in the leading roles of Kitri and Basilio. Carlos Acosta will dance the role of Basilio for the first time with ABT opposite Gillian Murphy as Kitri at the Wednesday, May 25 matinee and Diana Vishneva will dance the role for the first time with ABT opposite Jose Manuel Carreño on Thursday evening, May 26. Julio Bocca’s farewell Don Quixote is scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 25 as he dances opposite Xiomara Reyes.

Eight performances of an All-Star Tchaikovsky program will be presented May 27 through June 2. Veronika Part will debut in George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial on Saturday evening, May 28, and guest artist Tamás Solymosi will make his Company debut with ABT performing the Act III pas de deux from Swan Lake opposite Ms. Part at the Wednesday, June 1 matinee. Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo will dance Theme and Variations for the first time in New York at the same performance. In addition, the Monday evening, May 30 performance will celebrate the 10th Anniversary seasons of Principal Dancers Vladimir Malakhov and Jose Manuel Carreño. Paloma Herrera also celebrates 10 years as a Principal Dancer on the same evening.

Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia will be given its United States Revival Premiere on Friday evening, June 3 with Gillian Murphy as Sylvia, Maxim Beloserkovsky as Aminta, Herman Cornejo as Eros and Marcelo Gomes as Orion. Julie Kent, Gennadi Saveliev, Carlos Lopez and Sascha Radetsky will dance the leading roles at the Saturday, June 4, matinee. The Saturday evening, June 4 performance will feature Paloma Herrera, Angel Corella, Craig Salstein and Jesus Pastor.

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Graff Jewelers and Northern Trust are the 2005 Season Sponsors at The Metropolitan Opera House. ABT’s 2005 Spring Season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Metropolitan Opera House season, priced $22-$92, are available at the Met box office, by phone at 212-362-6000 or online at metopera.org. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.

Complete casting follows:

FIRST WEEK
Mon. Eve., May 23, 6:30 P.M. OPENING NIGHT GALA
LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE – H. Cornejo, McKerrow*;
SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux – Kent, Malakhov;
POLOVTSIAN DANCES - Saveliev+, Abrera+, Copeland+;
PIÈCE D’OCCASION – Savion Glover;
CARMEN Pas de Deux – Ferri, Bocca;
DON QUIXOTE SUITE – Vishneva, Carreño, Beloserkovsky, E. Cornejo, Riccetto, Murphy, Part, Gomes, Herrera, Acosta, Reyes, Corella, Wiles
Tues. Eve., May 24, 8 P.M DON QUIXOTE – Herrera, Corella
Wed. Mat., May 25, 2 P.M. DON QUIXOTE – Murphy, Acosta**
Wed. Eve., May 25, 8 P.M. DON QUIXOTE – Reyes, Bocca
Thurs. Eve., May 26, 8 P.M. DON QUIXOTE – Vishneva**, Carreño
Fri. Eve., May 27, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Murphy, Beloserkovsky+, Wiles
SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux – Kent, Carreño
ONEGIN Pas de Deux – Ferri, Bocca
THEME AND VARIATIONS - Herrera, Corella
Sat. Mat., May 28, 2 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Herrera, Saveliev, Meunier
TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Kent, Malakhov
NUTCRACKER Pas de Deux – Reyes, H. Cornejo
THEME AND VARIATIONS – Wiles, Gomes
Sat. Eve., May 28, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Part*, Gomes, Abrera+
SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux – McKerrow, Beloserkovsky
SWAN LAKE, Act III Pas de Deux – Wiles, Acosta**
THEME AND VARIATIONS – Murphy, TBA
SECOND WEEK
Mon. Eve., May 30, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Vishneva**, Malakhov++, Liceica
SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux – McKerrow, Beloserkovsky
SWAN LAKE, Act III Pas de Deux – Herrera++, Carreño++
THEME AND VARIATIONS – Murphy, TBA
Tues. Eve., May 31, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Part, Gomes, Wiles
TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Kent, Malakhov
NUTCRACKER Pas de Deux – Reyes, H. Cornejo
THEME AND VARIATIONS – Herrera, Corella
Wed. Mat., June 1, 2 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Murphy, Beloserkovsky, Abrera
SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux – Kent, Carreño
SWAN LAKE, Act III Pas de Deux – Part, Solymosi**
THEME AND VARIATIONS – Lane+, H. Cornejo+
Wed. Eve., June 1, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Vishneva, Malakhov, Liceica
SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux – McKerrow, Beloserkovsky
ONEGIN Pas de Deux – Ferri, Bocca
THEME AND VARIATIONS – Wiles, Gomes
Thurs. Eve., June 2, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR
BALLET IMPERIAL – Herrera, Saveliev, Meunier
SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux – Part, Gomes
NUTCRACKER Pas de Deux – Reyes, Corella
THEME AND VARIATIONS – Lane, H. Cornejo
Fri. Eve., June 3, 8 P.M. SYLVIA (U. S. and Company Premiere) – Murphy, Beloserkovsky, H. Cornejo, Gomes
Sat. Mat., June 4, 2 P.M. SYLVIA – Kent*, Saveliev*, Lopez*, Radetsky*
Sat. Eve., June 4, 8 P.M. SYLVIA – Herrera*, Corella*, Salstein*, Pastor*



*Please note: First time in a role:
Mon. Eve., May 23 – McKerrow in Le Spectre de la Rose
Sat. Eve., May 28 – Part in Ballet Imperial
Sat. Mat., June 4 – Kent, Saveliev (Aminta), Lopez (Eros), Radetsky (Orion) in Sylvia
Sat. Eve., June 4 – Herrera, Corella (Aminta), Salstein (Eros), Pastor (Orion) in Sylvia

**Please note: First time in a role with ABT:
Wed. Mat., May 25 – Acosta in Don Quixote
Thurs, May 26 – Vishneva in Don Quixote
Sat. Eve., May 28 – Acosta in Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Mon., May 30– Vishneva in Ballet Imperial
Wed. Mat., June 1 – Solymosi in the Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux

+Please note: First time in a role in New York:
Mon. Eve., May 23 – Saveliev, Abrera (Polovtsian Princess), Copeland (Lead Polovtsian Girl) in Polovtsian Dances
Fri., May 27– Beloserkovsky in Ballet Imperial
Sat. Eve., May 28 – Abrera in Ballet Imperial
Wed. Mat., June 1 – Lane, H. Cornejo in Theme and Variations

++Please note: 10th Anniversary Celebrations
Mon. Eve., May 30 – Malakhov, Herrera, Carreño