The New York Times
His role of choice for his departure was Prince Siegfried in “Swan Lake.” That wasn’t taking the easy route; the part is full of the big jumps that are always the first technical casualty for male dancers as they get older. (Mr. Carreño is just 43, but that’s a lifetime of back strain from lifting ballerinas over his head.)
Mr. Carreño can still jump, although he no longer has the buoyancy he possessed years ago. His line is impeccable, his turns a thing of beauty: perfectly centered and upright as he spins, the unsupported leg outlining perfect geometric shapes. When he does execute a jump turn called “tour en l’air,” he lands with a luxurious bend in perfect fifth position, bang on the music.
The part he danced — the tortured Prince Siegfried in "Swan Lake" — is a classic, but not the one for which Carreno is best known. Indeed, many fans wished he could have gone out as Basilio in "Don Quixote," for it was in that high-spirited role that he charmed countless audiences over the years with his humor, showmanship and effortless Latin charm.
Still, "Swan Lake" isn't the worst way to leave, and Carreno made the most of it. Now in his early 40s, he may not get the full height he used to on his jumps, but his turns are still marvels of technique and control, especially the way he slows down as he ends them, balancing perfectly, with a slight smile as if to say, "Yes, I can still do this."