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May 31, 2017

Casting Announced for Fifth and Sixth Weeks of ABT's 2017 Spring Season at Metropolitan Opera House

Diana Vishneva to Dance Final Performance with ABT on Friday Evening, June 23

Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in Onegin.

Casting for the fifth and sixth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Eight performances of Swan Lake will begin on Monday, June 12, led by Isabella Boylston as Odette/Odile, Alban Lendorf in his New York debut as Prince Siegfried and Marcelo Gomes as von Rothbart.  The week will also feature New York debuts by Devon Teuscher as Odette/Odile and Calvin Royal III as von Rothbart at the matinee on Wednesday, June 14 and by Alban Lendorf as von Rothbart on Thursday, June 15.  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).

The sixth week will feature eight performances of John Cranko’s Onegin, beginning Monday, June 19, with Diana Vishneva, Marcelo Gomes, Isabella Boylston, Blaine Hoven and Roman Zhurbin in the leading roles.  The matinee on Wednesday, June 21 will include debuts by Stella Abrera (Tatiana), Cassandra Trenary (Olga) and Alexandre Hammoudi (Prince Gremin).  Skylar Brandt, Jeffrey Cirio and Thomas Forster will dance the roles of Olga, Lensky and Prince Gremin, respectively, for the first time at the Wednesday, June 21 evening performance.  Diana Vishneva will give her final ABT performance on the evening of Friday, June 23, in the role of Tatiana.  Set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, arranged and orchestrated by Kurt-Heinz Stolze, Onegin is based on the verse-novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin.  The ballet received its World Premiere on April 13, 1965 by the Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany and was given its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on June 1, 2001 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York with Julie Kent (Tatiana), Robert Hill (Onegin), Vladimir Malakhov (Lensky) and Maria Riccetto (Olga).  This new production, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by James F. Ingalls, was premiered by the National Ballet of Canada on June 19, 2010 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada and was first performed by ABT on June 4, 2012 at the Metropolitan Opera House.  The ballet is staged for ABT by Reid Anderson and Jane Bourne.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Metropolitan Opera House season, beginning at $22, 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:

Swan Lake has been generously underwritten by R. Chemers Neustein.  Costumes for Swan Lake are generously sponsored by the Ellen Everett Kimiatek Costume Preservation Trust.

American Ballet Theatre’s performances of Onegin are generously supported through an endowed gift from Ruth and Harold Newman.

American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. ABT is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Mon. Eve., June 12, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE Boylston, Lendorf++, Gomes
Tue. Eve., June 13, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE Copeland, Cornejo, Whiteside
Wed. Mat., June 14, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE Teuscher++, Hammoudi, Royal++
Wed. Eve., June 14, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE Murphy, Gomes, Stearns
Thu. Eve., June 15, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE Kochetkova, Simkin, Lendorf++
Fri. Eve., June 16, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE Seo, Stearns, Gomes
Sat. Mat., June 17, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE Part, Whiteside, Hammoudi
Sat. Eve., June 17, 8 P.M. SWAN LAKE Copeland, Cornejo, Lendorf


Mon. Eve., June 19, 7:30 P.M. ONEGIN Vishneva, Gomes, Boylston, Hoven, Zhurbin
Tue. Eve., June 20, 7:30 P.M. ONEGIN Ferri*, Bolle, Lane, Simkin, Whiteside
Wed. Mat., June 21, 2 P.M. ONEGIN Abrera+, Stearns, Trenary+, Gorak, Hammoudi+
Wed. Eve., June 21, 7:30 P.M. ONEGIN Seo, Hallberg, Brandt+, Cirio+, Forster+
Thu. Eve., June 22, 7:30 P.M. ONEGIN Ferri*, Bolle, Lane, Simkin, Whiteside
Fri. Eve., June 23, 7:30 P.M. ONEGIN Vishneva, Gomes, Boylston, Hoven, Zhurbin
Sat. Mat., June 24, 2 P.M. ONEGIN Abrera, Stearns, Trenary, Gorak, Hammoudi
Sat. Eve., June 24, 8 P.M. ONEGIN Seo, Hallberg, Brandt, Cirio, Forster

* Guest Artist
+Editors please note first time in a role
Wed. Mat., 6/21 Abrera (Tatiana), Trenary (Olga) and Hammoudi (Prince Gremin) in Onegin
Wed. Eve., 6/21 Brandt (Olga), Cirio (Lensky) and Forster (Prince Gremin) in Onegin
++Editors please note first time in a role in New York
Mon. Eve., 6/12 Lendorf (Prince Siegfried) in Swan Lake
Wed. Mat., 6/14 Teuscher (Odette/Odile) and Royal (von Rothbart) in Swan Lake
Thu. Eve., 6/15 Lendorf (von Rothbart) in Swan Lake

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