I don't think Alina got great reviews for her Manon pdd at the gala. Many thought she was miscast. I imagine Kent will perform in "Manon", as she did in "Onegin" or "Lady", and I love her, but she is tall for the part of the rag doll. Ferri tore out my heart in that role, particularly in that section of the dance. Faux Pas: Bolle as Conrad? Or in DQ? And not in SB? From where does that prediction come?
The first line of my post is "Casting predictions/suggestions". It comes from my head. Bolle definitely could dance Conrad. Basilio in "Don Quixote" is in his repertory - he has danced it with Sylvie Guillem. I would add him to "Sleeping Beauty" definitely - possibly with Dvorovenko or Murphy.
Kent has danced Manon many times with ABT - she is about the same height as Vishneva and there were no technical problems whatsoever. Kent looks very tall onstage because of her long willowy proportions. But she actually falls into the "normal size" rather than "tall" ballerina category. I believe that Alina has danced Manon with the Royal Ballet many times. I saw her dance the pas de deux with Angel at the opening night gala. She was lovely but comes across as too girl next door and ingenuous. But I don't think that is the last word on her Manon and people who have seen her in the role in London perhaps can comment with more authority. Anyway, I think she should be given a shot at the role with some more acting coaching. I wish Angel could dance it with her at ABT but anyway... Hee Seo is another potential Manon and though she probably would seem to virginal in the role.
I know Don Q is in his rep, but it was so long ago, and he has focused on so many other things since then, that I imagine he would be cast in those other types of roles. SB is in his rep, too. In light of how few performances he is given in a Spring season, I can't imagine adding back Don Q, in lieu of Des Greiux, Prince Siegfried, Prince Desire, Onegin, (Armand, Albrecht, Apollo)... especially when ABT has all those flying, spinning top DQ types to whom to give roles (Cornejo, Simkin, Vasiliev...)
Does anyone know how tall are Julie, Veronica, and Zenaida?