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May 9, 2007


Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes to Lead World Premiere
of The Sleeping Beauty, Friday Evening, June 1

Casting for the third and fourth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2007 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

The Company’s performances of George Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante and Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream will continue through May 31. On the evening of Tuesday, May 29, Maria Riccetto will debut in Symphonie Concertante and Diana Vishneva, Angel Corella and Craig Salstein will dance the leading roles in The Dream for the first time.

American Ballet Theatre’s all-new production of The Sleeping Beauty will have its World Premiere on Friday, June 1, led by Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes&##44; with Gillian Murphy as the Lilac Fairy and Martine van Hamel as Carabosse. Debuts on Saturday, June 2 include Paloma Herrera as Aurora, Angel Corella as Prince Désiré, Michele Wiles as the Lilac Fairy and Carmen Corella as Carabosse at the matinee, and Julie Kent as Aurora, Ethan Stiefel as Prince Désiré and Stella Abrera as the Lilac Fairy at the evening performance. Debuts for the fourth week include Gelsey Kirkland as Carabosse on Monday, June 4, Irina Dvorovenko as Aurora and Maxim Beloserkovsky as Prince Désiré at the Wednesday, June 6 matinee, Diana Vishneva (Aurora) and Vladimir Malakhov (Prince Désiré) at the Wednesday, June 6 evening performance, and Gillian Murphy (Aurora), David Hallberg (Prince Désiré) and Maria Riccetto (Lilac Fairy) at the Saturday, June 9 matinee. 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, and lighting by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang.

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre. Superfund Asset Management, Inc. and Northern Trust are the sponsors of ABT’s Metropolitan Opera House Season. The 2007 Metropolitan Opera House season is also made possible 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.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2007 Metropolitan Opera House season, priced $24-$110, are available at the Met box office, online at, or by phone at 212-362-6000. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.

Complete casting follows:

Mon. Eve., May 28, 8 P.M. SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE – Kent, Herrera, Gomes
THE DREAM – Reyes, Stiefel, Cornejo
Tues. Eve., May 29, 8 P.M SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE – Dvorovenko, Riccetto*, Saveliev
THE DREAM – Vishneva*, Corella*, Salstein*
Wed. Mat., May 30, 2 P.M. SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE – Abrera, Murphy, Malakhov
THE DREAM – Kent, Gomes, Cornejo
Wed. Eve., May 30, 8 P.M. SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE – Wiles, Part, Beloserkovsky
THE DREAM – Murphy, Hallberg, Lopez
Thur. Eve., May 31, 8 P.M. SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE – Dvorovenko, Riccetto, Saveliev
THE DREAM – Vishneva, Corella, Salstein
Fri. Eve., June 1, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (WORLD PREMIERE) – Part, Gomes, Murphy, van Hamel, Reyes, Cornejo
Sat. Mat., June 2, 2 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Herrera*, Corella*, Wiles*, C. Corella*, Lane*, Lopez*
Sat. Eve., June 2, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Kent*, Stiefel*, Abrera*, van Hamel, Riccetto*, Radetsky*
Mon. Eve., June 4, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Part, Gomes, Murphy, Kirkland*, Reyes, Cornejo
Tues. Eve., June 5, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Kent, Stiefel, Wiles, van Hamel, Lane, Lopez
Wed. Mat., June 6, 2 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Dvorovenko*, Beloserkovsky*, Wiles, Kirkland, Abrera*, Saveliev*
Wed. Eve., June 6, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Vishneva*, Malakhov*, Abrera, van Hamel, Reyes, Cornejo
Thur. Eve., June 7, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Herrera, Corella, Abrera, C. Corella, Riccetto, Radetsky
Fri. Eve., June 8, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky, Wiles, Kirkland, Abrera, Saveliev
Sat. Mat., June 9, 2 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Murphy*, Hallberg*, Riccetto*, C. Corella, Seo*, Radetsky
Sat. Eve., June 9, 8 P.M. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Vishneva, Malakhov, Abrera, Kirkland, Reyes, Cornejo

*Please note: First time in a role:
Tues. May 29 – Riccetto in Symphonie Concertante; Vishneva (Titania), Corella (Oberon), Salstein (Puck) in The Dream
Sat. Mat., June 2 – Herrera (Aurora), Corella (Désiré), Wiles (Lilac Fairy), C. Corella (Carabosse), Lane (Princess Florine), Lopez (Bluebird) in The Sleeping Beauty
Sat. Eve., June 2 – Kent (Aurora), Stiefel (Désiré), Abrera (Lilac Fairy), Riccetto (Princess Florine), Radetsky (Bluebird) in The Sleeping Beauty
Mon. Eve., June 4 – Kirkland (Carabosse) in The Sleeping Beauty
Wed. Mat., June 6 – Dvorovenko (Aurora), Beloserkovsky (Désiré), Abrera (Princess Florine), Saveliev (Bluebird) in The Sleeping Beauty
Wed. Eve., June 6 – Vishneva (Aurora), Malakhov (Désiré) in The Sleeping Beauty
Sat. Mat., June 9 – Murphy (Aurora), Hallberg (Désiré), Riccetto (Lilac Fairy), Seo (Princess Florine) in The Sleeping Beauty

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