H. Cornejo injured; Sarabia guests with ABT to help fill-in.
Posted 12 May 2011 - 10:47 AM
CAST CHANGES ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2011 SPRING SEASON AT
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
Due to injury, Herman Cornejo will not perform during the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Metropolitan Opera House, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Cornejo was scheduled to perform the leading role of Basilio in Don Quixote on Thursday, May 19 and Boy With Matted Hair in Antony Tudor’s Shadowplay on Tuesday evening May 24 and at the matinee on Wednesday, May 25. Guest Artist Rolando Sarabia will replace Cornejo in Don Quixote on May 19 and ABT Soloist Craig Salstein will dance the lead role in Shadowplay for Cornejo at both performances.
Rolando Sarabia was born in Havana, Cuba and began his dance training at the age of seven with his father Rolando Sarabia, Magaly Suarez, Alicia Alonso and Lázaro Carreño at the National Ballet School in Havana. He joined the National Ballet of Cuba in 1998 and was soon promoted to principal dancer. His numerous awards include the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1998, the gold medal at the International Competition in Nagoya, Japan and the Grand Prix at the 1998 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Sarabia left Cuba in 2003 and joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer in 2006. He joined Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer in 2007. He currently appears with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as a guest principal dancer.
American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season marks Sarabia’s first appearance with the Company.
For more information on ABT’s Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House, please visit www.abt.org.
Posted 12 May 2011 - 03:07 PM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:40 PM
I wish Cornejo a quick and full recovery. I wish Sarabia was making his debut under happier circumstances, but it will be a great opportunity to see him dance.
Agreed. I see that instead of the Cornejo/Cojocaru Sleeping Beauty pas in the opening night gala she's listed for Rose Adagio.
Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:59 PM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 07:13 PM
How nice for Craig, though, to be able to do Shadowplay, and it was great thinking on ABTs part to extend Cornejo's DQ spot to Sarabia. It seems like quite the Cuban fest at the Met this spring!
Posted 14 May 2011 - 01:19 AM
Posted 14 May 2011 - 07:27 AM
Nothing against Salstein, but I think that casting him instead of a guest was a matter of necessity. Unlike the old warhorse ballets where ABT could potentially find a quick guest replacement, I don't think many companies are performing Shadowplay. I'm guessing there is a very limited number of people who know the role and could perform it on short notice.
How wonderful for the company to have Cornejo replaced by another ABT dancer rather than yet another guest.
Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:15 AM
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