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Ethan Stiefel in Michel Fokine's Petrouchka.
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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THIRD AND FOURTH WEEKS OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 SPRING SEASON AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

 
Veronika Part and Tamás Solymosi to Debut in Raymonda on Wednesday, June 8

Petrouchka to have New York Revival Premiere on Thursday, June 16

 
5/31/2005 - Casting for the third and fourth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

The third week of ABT’s Spring Season will be highlighted by seven performances of Raymonda, beginning Tuesday, June 7, with Paloma Herrera, Maxim Beloserkovsky and Julio Bocca in the leading roles. Veronika Part and Tamás Solymosi will debut as Raymonda and Abderakhman at the matinee on Wednesday, June 8, with Marcelo Gomes as Jean de Brienne. Choreographed by Anna-Marie Holmes and conceived and directed by Holmes and Kevin McKenzie, Raymonda features a score by Alexander Glazounov and scenery and costumes by Zack Brown.

The fourth week continues with the Season’s final four performances of the United States Revival Premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia. The Monday, June 13 performance will feature the debuts of Michele Wiles as Sylvia, Marcelo Gomes as Aminta, Danny Tidwell as Eros and Gennadi Saveliev as Orion.

ABT’s celebration of legendary choreographer Michel Fokine, including Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la Rose, Polovtsian Dances and the New York Revival Premiere of Petrouchka, will begin on Thursday, June 16. The Friday, June 17 performance will feature debuts by Stella Abrera, Misty Copeland and Zhong-Jing Fang in Les Sylphides, Herman Cornejo and Xiomara Reyes as Petrouchka and The Dancer in Petrouchka, Angel Corella and Amanda McKerrow in Le Spectre de la Rose and Carlos Acosta and Veronika Part as the Warrior Chieftain and Polovtsian Princess in Polovtsian Dances.

At the matinee on Saturday, June 18, Maria Riccetto, Gennadi Saveliev, Marian Butler and Kristi Boone will lead Les Sylphides for the first time. The same performance will also feature debuts by Stella Abrera and Roman Zhurbin as The Dancer and The Moor in Petrouchka and by Ethan Stiefel in Le Spectre de la Rose. The evening performance on Saturday, June 18 will be highlighted by the debuts of David Hallberg, and Melanie Hamrick in Les Sylphides, Julio Bocca in the title role of Petrouchka, Carlos Acosta in Le Spectre de la Rose, and Jose Manuel Carreño, Kristi Boone and Luciana Paris in the leading roles of Polovtsian Dances.

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:

THIRD WEEK
Mon. Eve., June 6 , 8 P.M. SYLVIA – Kent, Saveliev, Lopez, Radetsky
Tues. Eve., June 7, 8 P.M RAYMONDA – Herrera, Beloserkovsky, Bocca
Wed. Mat., June 8, 2 P.M. RAYMONDA – Part*, Gomes, Solymosi*
Wed. Eve., June 8, 8 P.M. RAYMONDA – Murphy, Corella, Pastor
Thur. Eve., June 9, 8 P.M. RAYMONDA – Herrera, Beloserkovsky, Bocca
Fri. Eve., June 10, 8 P.M. RAYMONDA – Reyes, Carreño, H. Cornejo
Sat. Mat., June 11, 2 P.M. RAYMONDA – Wiles, Gomes, Solymosi
Sat. Eve., June 11, 8 P.M. RAYMONDA – Murphy, Corella, Saveliev
FOURTH WEEK
Mon. Eve., June 13, 8 P.M. SYLVIA – Wiles*, Gomes*, Tidwell*, Saveliev*
Tues. Eve., June 14, 8 P.M. SYLVIA – Murphy, Beloserkovsky, H. Cornejo, Gomes
Wed. Mat., June 15, 2 P.M. SYLVIA – Herrera, Corella, Salstein, Pastor
Wed. Eve., June 15, 8 P.M. SYLVIA – Wiles, Gomes, Tidwell, Saveliev
Thur. Eve., June 16, 8 P.M. FOKINE CELEBRATION
LES SYLPHIDES – Murphy, Beloserkovsky, Kajiya, Riccetto
PETROUCHKA – Stiefel+, McKerrow+, Gomes+
LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE – H. Cornejo, Reyes
POLOVTSIAN DANCES – Saveliev+, Abrera+, Copeland+
Fri. Eve., June 17, 8 P.M. FOKINE CELEBRATION
LES SYLPHIDES – Abrera*, Gomes, Copeland*, Fang*
PETROUCHKA – H. Cornejo*, Reyes*, Stappas
LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE – Corella*, McKerrow*
POLOVTSIAN DANCES – Acosta**, Part*, Hidalgo
Sat. Mat., June 4, 2 P.M. FOKINE CELEBRATION
LES SYLPHIDES – Riccetto*, Saveliev*, Butler*, Boone*
PETROUCHKA – Corella, Abrera*, Zhurbin*
LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE – Stiefel*, Reyes
POLOVTSIAN DANCES – Radetsky, C. Corella, Hidalgo
Sat. Eve., June 17, 8 P.M. FOKINE CELEBRATION
LES SYLPHIDES – Kent, Hallberg*, Kajiya, Hamrick*
PETROUCHKA – Bocca*, McKerrow, Gomes
LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE – Acosta** Riccetto
POLOVTSIAN DANCES – Carreño*, Boone*, Paris*



*Please note: First time in a role:
Wed. Mat., June 8 – Part, Solymosi (Abderakhman) in Raymonda
Mon. Eve., June 13 – Wiles, Gomes (Aminta), Tidwell (Eros), Saveliev (Orion) in Sylvia
Fri. Eve., June 17 – Abrera, Copeland, Fang in Les Sylphides; H. Cornejo, Reyes in Petrouchka; Corella, McKerrow in Le Spectre de La Rose; Part (Polovtsian Princess) in Polovtsian Dances
Sat. Mat., June 18 – Riccetto, Saveliev, Butler, Boone in Les Sylphides; Abrera, Zhurbin (The Moor) in Petrouchka; Stiefel in Le Spectre de la Rose
Sat. Eve., June 18 – Hallberg, Hamrick in Les Sylphides; Bocca in Petrouchka; Carreño (Warrior Chieftain), Boone (Polovtsian Princess), Paris (Lead Polovtsian Girl) in Polovtsian Dances

**Please note: First time in a role with ABT:
Fri. Eve., June 17 – Acosta (Warrior Chieftain) in Polovtsian Dances
Sat. Eve., June 18 – Acosta in Le Spectre de la Rose

+Please note: First time in a role in New York:
Thurs. Eve., June 16 – Stiefel (Petrouchka), McKerrow, Gomes (The Moor) in Petrouchka; Saveliev (Warrior Chieftain), Abrera (Polovtsian Princess), Copeland (Lead Polovtsian Girl) in Polovtsian Dances