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  1. 2018 Met Season

    Since Hallberg has canceled Manon a month out due to injury, it can't be minor. What a shame. I feel terrible for him. I'm guessing it's doubtful he'll show up at the Met. Even if he recovers say late next month, he'll have missed rehearsals which are especially critical for the new Harlequinade. Expect to see a lot of cast changes, and possible debuts. Perhaps Royal will replace him in Harlequinade. I wouldn't be surprised if Hammoudi gets his R&J's (two w/ Boylston) since he's not cast this year. Giselle? I'm afraid to find out.
  2. Marcelo Gomes

    It looks as if Gomes and his partner, Nick Palmquist, have gotten engaged. Or, perhaps married, since in Palmquist's Instagram below, they're already wearing ring bands. Congrats to both of them!
  3. 2018 Met Season

    I think it's going to make sense for Cirio to be on the principal payroll when Simkin decamps to Berlin next year and won't be performing w/ ABT so much, presumably. And, Cornejo is 37 and frequently injured. They will need a short principal to dance w/ Copeland, Lane, Brandt, Trenary. Of course, in the meantime, he's twiddling his thumbs. I believe the reason Teuscher has been cast so much this year (and twice in some roles) is because McKenzie sees her as Murphy's replacement, the female technical stalwart who can do nearly every role. He's getting her up to speed. We all know that Murphy gets injured a lot and is nearing 40. Teuscher is very talented and I do like her a lot, so I'm not saying she doesn't deserve her status or the opportunities. I just don't agree that she should be doing as much when you have other dancers who aren't doing a lot. But, I do believe (going by my gut) that this is the AD's intention.
  4. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    You could pretty much replace "conductor" or "musical director" with "AD" or even "choreographer" and the article would be spot on. Except that AD's don't make millions.
  5. 2018 Met Season

    I saw this on her Instagram the other day and had the same thought. She's doing the trois w/ Cirio and Brandt. Yes, that's superb casting. I know Cirio did either the trois or Giselle's peasant pas soon after he was promoted. But, to have two principals doing this (or really just one) seems a bit absurd.
  6. 2018 Met Season

    Yes. I completely agree. It had to be demoralizing.
  7. 2018 Met Season

    I agree, it's very disappointing. He has/had a lot of potential. Whatever the reason, a lack of investment in his development with the proper amount of coaching to work out issues wouldn't be surprising.
  8. 2018 Met Season

    I don't think Gorak's stagnation is due to Jeffrey Cirio. Look at how infrequently Cirio dances. He's cast as The Boy in Whipped Cream and Basilio, neither of which I could see Gorak doing.
  9. 2018 Met Season

    Gorak hasn't been injured. Some of us have written about him on various threads - he's in no man's land, going nowhere. He does a lot of peasant pas and similar soloist roles. No principal roles anymore. I haven't seen him develop and the last few times I've seen him he just dances pretty, with a weird pasted on smile, like he's going through the motions. I don't know if that caused his stagnation and lack of opportunities. I didn't see his Romeo, but others who did wrote that it wasn't very good and that he had some real partnering issues.
  10. 2018 Met Season

    Well, this should be interesting. I'm happy to see them doing something different. I know that Cornejo was in one of her pieces last year at Vail and did some tapping.
  11. 2018 Met Season

    Agree 100%!
  12. 2018 Met Season

    Yes. The male soloist roster isn't very young. I believe Royal is about 28 (?), so I sure hope they don't let him lag about without the necessary opportunities to move him forward.
  13. 2018 Met Season

    Copeland has been center stage for a few years now, so this isn't a new development, not that that makes it any easier to swallow. I'm surprised that Boylston is in everything, and that she was also given Harlequinade. As I wrote on another page of this thread, I also thought Brandt would be cast. And, I can't believe that I just noticed, but Abrera isn't cast in Bayadere this year. She's always done Gamzatti. It'll be interesting to see how Abrera's and Murphy's retirements (or "retirements") are handled when the time comes (I'm betting next Met season for at least one of them). I can definitely see Abrera getting "the Part treatment". Murphy has been a favored principal for a long time, so I think she might be able to go out on her own terms, but as others have mentioned upthread, we've seen other favorites not treated well. The female principal roster is really full right now, so I can't see Brandt or Trenary getting promoted until Abrera or Murphy retire. There won't be enough principal roles to go around. I don't think that's an issue this year as Brandt/Trenary aren't quite ready yet, but next season if one/both of them are given a major debut, and succeed as expected, the AD will need to make room. Just like last year.
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  15. 2018 Met Season

    Gomes! It was his 20th anniversary celebration performance.
  16. 2017-2018 season

    Thank you California. I'll look out for the various things you mentioned when I see this next weekend. Re: Baca. I really liked him when he was in the corps at ABT, and am eager to see him in a principal role, but I've honestly hard a hard time imagining him carrying a ballet. I've been hopeful for a growth spurt of sorts. Doesn't sound like that's happened.
  17. 2018 Met Season

    Casting suggestions are of course very subjective, so I can only give you my opinions. My suggestions: Lane in Giselle. It's a Wednesday matinee, so may not be possible if you work weekdays. I'm taking the day off to see it. If you read the Giselle thread from last year, you'll see many of us talking about her triumphant and extraordinary debut in that role last year. Murphy in SL (though her prince is an unfortunate choice), and DQ (Espada in her perf's is a newly promoted soloist, Royal, who is amazing). She's in her late 30's so she might not be dancing for many more years, so see her now. Though, she gets injured often so buyer beware. I also agree with others above regarding Lane/Cirio in Harlequinade. Lane was also terrific in Whipped Cream, though I suspect Brandt and Trenary are too (two extremely promising soloists). WC is a charming ballet. Incredible sets/costumes. I didn't care for the music though.
  18. 2017-2018 season

    On their site, go to the ballet/program you want to see and next to that it'll say Buy tickets, Learn More, and Casting. If there is no Casting button then it's not announced yet. Casting is there for SL. http://paballet.org I've not seen the company much, but I'm going to see Sterling Baca. He was in the corps at ABT till he decamped for PA a few years ago for a principal contract. He had great promise at ABT and some of us here feel his loss and believe he would have been promoted soon to soloist. So, I'm eager to see how he's developed since then.
  19. From Cassandra Trenary's Instagram, it looks like her husband, Gray Davis (the subway hero....), may be leaving after the Met season to become the new Artist in Residence at The Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts. She says that he starts in the Fall and I'm assuming that's a full-time job. That aside, thought I'd pose the question of who do we predict will be promoted (or hope to see) at the end of the Met season this year? My money is on Shayer. It'll be inexplicable if he's not. They need more female soloists, and I think Hurlin is in the running. Also, maybe Waski, if her Myrta debut is successful. I don't expect anyone to be promoted to principal this year. I wouldn't be surprised if they hire a male principal at the end of the season, though.
  20. 2018 Met Season

    Thanks abatt. I don't follow Broadway closely, and I thought the show was already well under way. Pollack and Ramasar are also in the cast: http://carouselbroadway.com/#bios
  21. 2018 Met Season

    Also, I thought Craig Salstein was supposed to return for the Met season, after his leave for Carousel. Anyone heard? Maybe he'll take one, or both, or the TBA's for Mercutio. His Hilarion last year was outstanding.
  22. 2018 Met Season

    Brandt is debuting as Gamzatti this season (same as Trenary), but yeah I still wish she was getting a little more. There are still two TBA's for Mercedes. Paris will still be out on maternity (I'm assuming), and she's normally cast. So, maybe Brandt will get one.
  23. 2018 Met Season

    Brandt has been cast at the last TBA Maiden in Firebird on May 23, 25 according to the Met Opera's website. (Still TBA on ABT's site, of course.)
  24. 2018 Met Season

    NYCB doesn't do two months straight of nearly all full-lengths like ABT's Met season. When NYCB dancers dance twice a week it's in shorter ballets, with the infrequent exception like Coppelia or R&J or Nutcracker. Carrying a two-hour ballet week after week (after week) is a different animal.