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May 23, 2016

Casting Announced for Fifth and Sixth Weeks of ABT's 2016 Spring Season at Metropolitan Opera House

American Premiere of The Golden Cockerel

Skylar Brandt and Duncan Lyle in The Golden Cockerel.

Casting for the fifth and sixth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2016 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

The American Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Golden Cockerel will open the fifth week of performances on Monday evening, June 6, with Veronika Part (Queen of Shemakhan), Skylar Brandt (Golden Cockerel) and Gary Chryst (Tsar Dodon) leading the first cast. On Tuesday evening, June 7, Stella Abrera, Cassandra Trenary and Victor Barbee will debut in the roles of Queen of Shemakhan, Golden Cockerel and Tsar Dodon, respectively. The Wednesday matinee cast on June 8 will feature Hee Seo (Queen of Shemakhan), Sarah Lane (Golden Cockerel) and Roman Zhurbin (Tsar Dodon) performing the roles for the first time, and Wednesday evening’s performance will feature debuts by Misty Copeland (Queen of Shemakhan), Maria Kochetkova (Golden Cockerel) and Alexei Agoudine (Tsar Dodon). Set to music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov with sets and costumes by Richard Hudson, Ratmansky’s The Golden Cockerel is inspired by Michel Fokine’s original production. Anne Holm-Jensen Peyk staged the ballet for ABT.  Based on Alexander Pushkin’s folktale, The Golden Cockerel was first presented on May 21, 1914 at the Théâtre Nationale de l’Opera, Paris, with choreography by Michel Fokine and scenery and costumes by Natalia Goncharova.  Ratmansky’s choreography for The Golden Cockerel received its World Premiere by the Royal Danish Ballet on September 29, 2012 at the Copenhagen Opera House, Denmark.

The sixth week will feature eight performances of Swan Lake, June 13-16. The performance on Monday evening, June 13 will be led by Gillian Murphy as Odette/Odile, Marcelo Gomes as Prince Siegfried and Cory Stearns as von Rothbart. 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 Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with Julie Kent (Odette-Odile), Angel Corella (Prince Siegfried) and Marcelo Gomes (von Rothbart).

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Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2016 Metropolitan Opera House season, beginning at $20, are available online, at the Met box office or by phone at  212-362-6000.  The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.  For more information, visit ABT’s website at

Complete casting follows.

The American Premiere of The Golden Cockerel has been generously underwritten by an anonymous donor.  Additional leadership support provided by The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and Linda Allard. This production has been generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Additional support provided by Michele and Steve Pesner.

Swan Lake has been generously underwritten by R. Chemers Neustein.  Additional support for the 2016 performances of Swan Lake generously provided by Seldon Young and The Swan Princess. Costumes for Swan Lake are generously sponsored by the Ellen Everett Kimiatek Costume Preservation Trust.

Complete casting follows:

Mon. Eve., June 6, 7:30 PM THE GOLDEN COCKEREL (American Premiere) – Part, Brandt, *Chryst
Tues. Eve., June 7, 7:30 P.M. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL – +Abrera, +Trenary, +Barbee
Wed. Mat., June 8, 2 P.M. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL – +Seo, +Lane, +Zhurbin
Wed. Eve., June 8, 7:30 P.M. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL – +Copeland, +Kochetkova, +Agoudine
Thur. Eve., June 9, 7:30 P.M. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL – Part, Brandt, *Chryst
Fri. Eve., June 10, 7:30 P.M. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL – Abrera, Trenary, Barbee   #160;
Sat. Mat., June 11, 2 P.M. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL –  Copeland, Kochetkova, Agoudine
Sat. Eve., June 11, 8 P.M. THE GOLDEN COCKEREL –  Seo, Lane, Zhurbin
Mon. Eve., June 13, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Murphy, Gomes, Stearns
Tues. Eve., June 14, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Boylston, Hammoudi, Whiteside
Wed. Mat., June 15, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Copeland, Simkin, Baca
Wed. Eve., June 15, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Part, Whiteside, Gomes
Thur. Eve., June 16, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Seo, Bolle, Forster
Fri. Eve., June 17, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Murphy, Stearns, Hammoudi
Sat. Mat., June 18, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE –Boylston, Gomes, Forster
Sat. Eve., June 18, 8 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Kochetkova, Cornejo, Baca

*Guest Artist

+Editors please note first time in a role:
Tues., June 7 – Abrera (Queen of Shemakhan), Trenary (Golden Cockerel) and Barbee (Tsar Dodon) in The Golden Cockerel
Wed. Mat., June 8 – Seo (Queen of Shemakahn), Lane (Golden Cockerel) and Zhurbin (Tsar Dodon) in The Golden Cockerel
Wed. Eve., June 8 – Copeland (Queen of Shemakahn), Kochetkova (Golden Cockerel) and Agoudine (Tsar Dodon) in The Golden Cockerel

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