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June 16, 2011


Jose Manuel Carreño to Give Final New York Performance
with ABT, Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 P.M.

Guest Artist Johan Kobborg to Perform Prince Désiré
in The Sleeping Beauty, Friday, July 8 at 7:30 P.M.

Julie Kent and Jose Manuel Carreño
in Swan Lake.

Casting for the seventh and eighth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

On Monday evening, June 27, the Company will give the first of eight performances of Swan Lake, with Irina Dvorovenko, Maxim Beloserkovsky and Marcelo Gomes in the leading roles. Alexandre Hammoudi will dance the role of von Rothbart (Act III) for the first time on Friday, July 1. Guest Artist Polina Semionova will make her ABT debut as Odette-Odile on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite David Hallberg as Prince Siegfried. Jose Manuel Carreño will give his final New York performance with ABT on Thursday, June 30, in the role of Prince Siegfried, opposite Julie Kent as Odette and Gillian Murphy as 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. This production 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’s first performance of The Sleeping Beauty on Tuesday, July 5 will be led by Veronika Part as Princess Aurora, Marcelo Gomes as Prince Désiré, Stella Abrera as the Lilac Fairy and Martine van Hamel as Carabosse. Hee Seo will debut as the Lilac Fairy on Thursday, July 7. At the matinee on Wednesday, July 6, Cory Stearns will replace Herman Cornejo as Prince Désiré, dancing opposite Xiomara Reyes. Guest Artist Johan Kobborg will replace Cornejo on Friday, July 8, performing the role of Prince Désiré for the first time with ABT, opposite Alina Cojocaru as Princess Aurora. Staged by Kevin McKenzie, Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov, after choreography by Marius Petipa, The Sleeping Beauty is set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features sets by Tony Walton, costumes by Willa Kim, with additional costume designs by Holly Hynes, and lighting by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang. This production of The Sleeping Beauty received its World Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 1, 2007. Joan Taub Ades and Alan M. Ades, Adrienne Arsht, Arlene and Harvey Blau, Devon and Peter Briger, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Edward A. Fox, Lori and Stephen Garofalo, Julia and David H. Koch, Konrad R. Kruger, Jill L. Leinbach, Charlotte and MacDonald Mathey, and Jean and Lawrence Shaw are Co-Underwriters of The Sleeping Beauty. Additional funding provided by the NIB Foundation. Special thanks to Caroline Newhouse. This production has been made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABT gratefully acknowledges Avery and Andrew Barth for their sponsorship of the corps de ballet in memory of Laima and Rudolph Barth and in recognition of former ABT corps dancer Carmen Barth. J.P. Morgan is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the Make a Ballet program at American Ballet Theatre. 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. Mandarin Oriental, New York is the Preferred Hotel of American Ballet Theatre.

The 2011 Metropolitan Opera House Season is also made possible with 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 2011 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 27, 7:30 PM SWAN LAKE – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky, Gomes
Tues. Eve., June 28, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Murphy, Hallberg, Saveliev
Wed. Mat., June 29, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Wiles, Stearns, Matthews
Wed. Eve., June 29, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Herrera, Gomes, Radetsky
Thur. Eve., June 30, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Kent, Murphy, Carreño, Hallberg
Fri. Eve., July 1, 7:30 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Part, Stearns, Hammoudi*
Sat. Mat., July 2, 2 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Kent, Gomes, Matthews 
Sat. Eve., July 2, 8 P.M. SWAN LAKE – Semionova**, Hallberg, Radetsky
Mon. Eve., July 4 NO PERFORMANCE
Tues. Eve., July 5, 7:30 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Part, Gomes, Abrera, van Hamel Wed. Mat., July 6, 2 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Reyes, Stearns, Riccetto, Raffa Wed. Eve., July 6, 7:30 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Osipova, Hallberg, Abrera, van Hamel Thur. Eve., July 7, 7:30 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky, Seo*, Raffa  Fri. Eve., July 8, 7:30 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Cojocaru, Kobborg**, Riccetto, van Hamel Sat. Mat., July 9, 2 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Murphy, Gomes, Part, Raffa Sat. Eve., July 9, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Herrera, Stearns, Abrera, van Hamel


*Editors please note first time in a role:
Fri. Eve., July 1 – Hammoudi (von Rothbart Ballroom) in Swan Lake
Thurs. Eve., July 7 – Seo (Lilac Fairy) in The Sleeping Beauty

**Editors please note first time in a role with ABT:
Sat. Eve., July 2 – Semionova (Odette/Odile) in Swan Lake
Fri. Eve., July 8 – Kobborg (Prince Désiré) in The Sleeping Beauty

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