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June 15, 2015

Casting Announced for Seventh and Eighth Weeks of ABT's 2015 Spring Season at Metropolitan Opera House

Misty Copeland in Swan Lake.

Casting for the seventh and eighth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2015 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

The seventh week will feature eight performances of Swan Lake, June 22-27. Monday night’s performance, June 22, will be led by Gillian Murphy as Odette/Odile opposite Marcelo Gomes as Prince Siegfried and Cory Stearns as von Rothbart. On Tuesday, June 23, Thomas Forster will make his New York debut as von Rothbart. Misty Copeland will make her New York debut in the role of Odette/Odile at the matinee on Wednesday, June 24, opposite James Whiteside as Prince Siegfried and Alexandre Hammoudi as von Rothbart. Alexandre Hammoudi and Sterling Baca will make their New York debut’s in the roles of Prince Siegfried and von Rothbart, respectively, on Thursday, June 25, with Gillian Murphy as Odette/Odile. This production features choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and is set to the score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. The first production of Swan Lake, with choreography by Julius (Wentzel) Reisinger, received its World Premiere by the Russian Imperial Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow on March 4, 1877. Swan Lake as we know it, with the Petipa/Ivanov choreography, was given its first full‑length production at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, on January 27, 1895. This production of Swan Lake, featuring scenery and costumes by Zack Brown and lighting by Duane Schuler, 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).

American Ballet Theatre’s 2015 Spring Season will conclude with eight performances of Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, June 29 – July 4. Monday evening’s performance will be led by Hee Seo as Cinderella and Cory Stearns in his New York debut as The Prince. On Tuesday, June 30, Alexandre Hammoudi will debut as The Prince with Gillian Murphy as Cinderella and Isabella Boylston in her New York debut as The Fairy Godmother. On Wednesday matinee, July 1, Stella Abrera will make her debut in the role of Cinderella with Joseph Gorak as The Prince. On Thursday, July 2, Guest Artist Marianela Nuñez will make her ABT debut in the role of Cinderella opposite James Whiteside as The Prince. Set to the score by Sergei Prokofiev, Cinderella features sets and costumes by David Walker. The ballet received its World Premiere by Sadler’s Wells Ballet on December 23, 1948 at London’s Royal Opera House with Moira Shearer as Cinderella, Michael Somes as The Prince, Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann as the Stepsisters and Alexander Grant as the Jester. The ballet received its ABT Company Premiere on June 9, 2014 led by Hee Seo (Cinderella) and James Whiteside (The Prince). Cinderella was directed, supervised and staged by Wendy Ellis Somes and Malin Thoors.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2015 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

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.

Cinderella is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. This production is generously supported through an endowed gift from Monica, Stefano, Cosima, and Tassilo Corsi. This production has been made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

Complete casting follows:

Mon. Eve., June 22, 7:30 PM SWAN LAKE – Murphy, Gomes, Stearns
Tues. Eve., June 23, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Seo, Bolle, Forster+++
Wed. Mat., June 24, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Copeland+++, Whiteside, Hammoudi
Wed. Eve., June 24, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Part, Stearns, Gomes
Thur. Eve., June 25, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Murphy, Hammoudi+++, Baca+++
Fri. Eve., June 26, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Kochetkova, Cornejo, Whiteside
Sat. Mat., June 27, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Boylston, Simkin, Hammoudi
Sat. Eve., June 27, 8 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Seo, Bolle, Gomes
Mon. Eve., June 29, 7:30 P.M. CINDERELLA – Seo, Stearns+++, Part
Tues. Eve., June 30, 7:30 P.M. CINDERELLA – Murphy, Hammoudi+, Boylston+++
Wed. Mat., July 1, 2 P.M. CINDERELLA – Abrera+, Gorak, Teuscher
Wed. Eve., July 1, 7:30 P.M. CINDERELLA – Seo, Stearns, Part
Thur. Eve., July 2, 7:30 P.M. CINDERELLA – Nuñez*++, Whiteside, Boylston
Fri. Eve., July 3, 7:30 P.M. CINDERELLA – Murphy #44; Hammoudi, Boylston
Sat. Mat., July 4, 2 P.M. CINDERELLA – Abrera, Gorak, Teuscher
Sat. Eve., July 4, 7 P.M. CINDERELLA – Nuñez, Whiteside, Part

*Guest Artist

+Editors please note first time in a role:
Tues. Eve., June 30: Hammoudi (The Prince) in Cinderella
Wed. Mat., July 1: Abrera (Cinderella) in Cinderella

++Editors plese note first time in a role with ABT:
Thurs. Eve., July 2: Nuñez (Cinderella) in Cinderella

+++Editors please note first time in a role in New York:
Tues. Eve., June 23: Forster (von Rothbart) in Swan Lake
Wed. Mat., June 24: Copeland (Odette-Odile) in Swan Lake
Thurs. Eve., June 25: Hammoudi (Prince Siegfried), Baca (von Rothbart) in Swan Lake
Mon. Eve., June 29: Stearns (The Prince) in Cinderella
Tues. Eve., June 30: Boylston (Fairy Godmother) in Cinderella

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