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June 18, 2012

Casting Announced for Final Two Weeks of ABT's 2012 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House

Angel Corella to Give Final Performance with ABT
Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 PM

Ethan Stiefel to Give Final Performance with ABT
Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 PM

Ethan Stiefel in Le Corsaire. Photo: Hidemi Seto.

Casting for the seventh and eighth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2012 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

The first of eight performances of Swan Lake will be given on June 25, led by Veronika Part, Cory Stearns and Marcelo Gomes. Isabella Boylston and Daniil Simkin will debut in the leading roles at the matinee on Wednesday #44; June 27. Vadim Muntagirov will dance the role of Prince Siegfried for the first time with ABT at the matinee on Saturday, June 30. Angel Corella will give his final performance with ABT on Thursday, June 28, dancing opposite Paloma Herrera as Odette/Odile. Choreographed by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Swan Lake is set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown. 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.

The season will conclude with seven performances of Le Corsaire beginning Monday, July 2. Daniil Simkin will make his debut as Ali, the Slave on Tuesday, July 3. At the matinee performance on Wednesday, July 4, Veronika Part and Ivan Vasiliev will perform the roles of Medora and Ali, respectively, for the first time with ABT and Joseph Phillips will debut as Birbanto. The performance on Thursday, July 5 will feature Natalia Osipova in her ABT debut as Medora and debuts by Johan Kobborg as Conrad and Arron Scott as Birbanto. Herman Cornejo will dance the role of Conrad for the first time on Friday, July 6. Ethan Stiefel will give his final performance with ABT on Saturday, July 7 in the role of Ali, the Slave. With choreography by Konstantin Sergeyev after Marius Petipa, and staging by Anna-Marie Holmes after Petipa and Sergeyev, Le Corsaire features music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, LƒÜ¬©o Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Prince Oldenbourg. Based on the Lord Byron poem “The Corsair” (1814), the ballet has sets and costumes by Irina Tibilova with additional costume designs by Robert Perdziola. American Ballet Theatre’s performances of Le Corsaire are generously underwritten through an endowed gift from Irene and Fred Shen.

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

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2012 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:


Mon. Eve., June 25, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Part, Stearns, Gomes
Tues. Eve., June 26, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Semionova, Hallberg, Zhurbin
Wed. Mat., June 27, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Boylston*, Simkin*, Matthews
Wed. Eve., June 27, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Murphy, Gomes, Radetsky
Thur. Eve., June 28, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Herrera, Corella, Matthews
Fri. Eve., June 29, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Semionova, Hallberg, Hammoudi
Sat. Mat., June 30, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Dvorovenko, Muntagirov+, Saveliev
Sat. Eve., June 30, 8 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Kent, Gomes, Stearns
Mon. Eve., July 2, 7:30 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Murphy, Gomes, Abrera, Radetsky, Stiefel, Salstein
Tues. Eve., July 3, 7:30 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Herrera, Hallberg, Copeland, Saveliev, Simkin*, Ilyin
Wed. Mat., July 4, 2 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Part+, Stearns, Riccetto, Cornejo, Vasiliev+, Phillips*
Wed. Eve., July 4, 7:30 P.M. NO PERFORMANCE
Thur. Eve., July 5, 7:30 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Osipova+, Kobborg*, Kajiya, Matthews, Vasiliev, Scott*
Fri. Eve., July 6, 7:30 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Reyes, Cornejo*, Lane, Simkin, Vasiliev, Ilyin
Sat. Mat., July 7, 2 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Dvorovenko, Saveliev, Kajiya, Matthews, Vasiliev, Scott
Sat. Eve., July 7, 8 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Murphy, Gomes, Abrera, Radetsky, Stiefel, Salstein


*Editors please note first time in a role:
Wed. Mat., June 27 – Boylston (Odette-Odile), Simkin (Prince Siegfried) in Swan Lake
Tues. Eve., July 3 – Simkin (Ali, the Slave) in Le Corsaire
Wed. Mat., July 4 – Phillips (Birbanto) in Le Corsaire
Thurs. Eve., July 5 – Kobborg (Conrad) and Scott (Birbanto) in Le Corsaire
Fri. Eve., July 6 – Cornejo (Conrad) in Le Corsaire

+Editors please note first time in a role with ABT:
Sat. Mat., June 30 – Muntagirov (Prince Siegfried) in Swan Lake
Wed. Mat., July 4 – Part (Medora) and Vasiliev (Ali, the Slave) in Le Corsaire
Thurs., July 5 – Osipova (Medora) in Le Corsaire

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