American Ballet Theater’s spring 2013 season at the Metropolitan Opera House brings both a revival of Ashton’s three-act “Sylvia” and the company’s first production of his one-act narrative ballet “Month in the Country.”
Next May, Wheeldon and Ratmansky premieres will occur on different sides of Lincoln Center Plaza. Mr. Wheeldon’s, for New York City Ballet at the Koch Theater, comes on May 9. Then Mr. Ratmansky presents a composite trio of works to separate compositions by Shostakovich for American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 31. The first of Mr. Ratmansky’s three pieces opens on Oct. 18 in the company’s City Center season; and it’s likely that the three, in due course, may be performed independently. Still, a trio of one composer’s symphonies! One can’t help hoping that this unusual format will take the art of ballet in new directions.
2013 Met Season--Pre-Season and General Info(Please post reviews on program-specific threads)
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There are several video clips posted on Youtube:
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Is that last picture/film supposed to be the cave? Not very realistic or rich. These are the recession corsaires, it seems.
It looks like a cave to me. A realistic and quite dramatic one at that.
But alas, you are right, not very rich. Poor corsaires indeed. They need to work on that. I mean we know how rich Conrad was! After all, he had lots of money to buy Medora in the opening of the ballet. Oh wait. No, no, he didn't....
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AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES
2013 SPRING SEASON AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
MAY 13-JULY 6, 2013
WORLD PREMIERE OF SHOSTAKOVICH TRIO BY ALEXEI RATMANSKY,
COMPANY PREMIERE OF A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY AND
NEW PRODUCTION OF LE CORSAIRE TO HIGHLIGHT SEASON
American Ballet Theatre’s 2013 season at the Metropolitan Opera House
was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The World Premiere of
the Shostakovich trio by Alexei Ratmansky, the Company Premiere of Sir Frederick
Ashton’s A Month in the Country and a new production of Le Corsaire will highlight the
2013 Spring Season.
Principal Dancers for the 2013 Metropolitan Opera House season include Maxim
Beloserkovsky, Roberto Bolle, Herman Cornejo, Irina Dvorovenko, Marcelo Gomes,
David Hallberg, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Natalia Osipova, Veronika
Part, Xiomara Reyes, Hee Seo, Polina Semionova, Cory Stearns, Ivan Vasiliev and Diana
Vishneva. Guest Artists for the 2013 Spring season include Alina Cojocaru, principal
dancer with The Royal Ballet, and Vadim Muntagirov, principal dancer with English
American Ballet Theatre’s 2013 Spring season opens with a Gala Performance
featuring ABT’s Principal Dancers on Monday, May 13 at 6:30 P.M. For information on
ABT’s Spring Gala, please call the Special Events Office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3310.
The season will be highlighted by the World Premiere of the complete three-part
work by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, set to symphonies by Dmitri
Shostakovich and featuring scenery by George Tsypin and costumes by Keso Dekker.
The first work, Symphony #9, will have its World Premiere at New York City Center on
October 18, 2012, led by Polina Semionova, Marcelo Gomes, Herman Cornejo, Simone
Messmer and Craig Salstein. The second and third works, set to Shostakovich’s
Symphony No.1 and Chamber Symphony for Strings (Op. 110a) respectively, will receive
their World Premieres at the Metropolitan Opera House on Friday evening, May 31. The
complete Shostakovich trio will receive four performances through June 3.
American Ballet Theatre will present four performances of mixed repertory
May 21-23. Sir Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country will be given its ABT
Company Premiere on Tuesday evening, May 21. Based on the play of the same name
by Ivan Turgenev, A Month In the Country features music by Frédéric Chopin, arranged
by John Lanchbery, with designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and lighting by John B. Read.
The libretto tells the story of an elegant Russian household thrown into turmoil by the
presence of a young tutor. A Month in the Country received its World Premiere by
The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on February 12, 1976, led by
Lynn Seymour as Natalya Petrovna and Anthony Dowell as Belyaev. Grant Coyle will
stage the ballet for ABT.
Revival and Repertory Program
Sharing the program with A Month in the Country will be the revival of George
Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. Last
performed by ABT in 2002, Symphony in C features music by Georges Bizet, costumes
after Karinska and lighting by Mark Stanley. It was given its World Premiere by the
Paris Opera Ballet under the title Le Palais de Cristal on July 8, 1947 and received its
United States Premiere by Ballet Society (now New York City Ballet) on March 22,
1948. ABT first performed the ballet at City Center in New York on October 23, 2001,
led by Paloma Herrera, Ethan Stiefel, Nina Ananiashvili, Jose Manuel Carreño, Ashley
Tuttle, Angel Corella, Sandra Brown and Sascha Radetsky. Symphony in C will receive
its Revival Premiere on February 22, 2013 at the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Hong
Kong, China. The ballet is staged for ABT by Merrill Ashley and Stacey Caddell.
Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, a work for twelve dancers, is staged by Tina
Fehlandt and features music by Virgil Thomson and costumes by Santo Loquasto.
Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes was given its World Premiere by ABT on May 31,
1988. An excerpt of the ballet was given its first performance at the Dancing For Life
benefit at the New York State Theater on October 5, 1987.
All-New Production of Le Corsaire
American Ballet Theatre will premiere a new production of Le Corsaire, with sets
by Christian Prego, costumes by Aníbal Lápiz and lighting by Roberto Oswald, on
Tuesday, June 4, 2012, led by Natalia Osipova as Medora and Ivan Vasiliev as Conrad.
Based on the Lord Byron poem “The Corsair” (1814), the ballet features choreography
by Konstantin Sergeyev after Marius Petipa, and staging by Anna-Marie Holmes after
Petipa and Sergeyev, with music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes,
Riccardo Drigo and Prince Oldenbourg. Le Corsaire received its Company Premiere by
American Ballet Theatre on June 19, 1998 with Nina Ananiashvili (Medora), Ashley
Tutttle (Gulnare), Giuseppe Picone (Conrad), Angel Corella (Birbanto), Jose Manuel
Carréno (Ali, the slave) and Vladimir Malakhov (Lankendem). This new production was
premiered by Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December
American Ballet Theatre’s 2013 Spring Season at The Metropolitan Opera House
will feature an additional six full-length ballets during the eight-week engagement.
The Company will perform John Cranko’s Onegin beginning on Tuesday, May
14 with Julie Kent as Tatiana and Roberto Bolle as Onegin. Set to music by Peter Ilyitch
Tchaikovsky, arranged and orchestrated by Kurt-Heinz Stolze, Onegin is based on the
poem of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. Onegin received its World Premiere
on April 13, 1965 by the Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany. The ballet received its
Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on June 1, 2001 at the Metropolitan
Opera House in New York with Julie Kent (Tatiana), Robert Hill (Onegin), Vladimir
Malakhov (Lensky) and Maria Riccetto (Olga). This new production, with sets and
costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by James F. Ingalls, was premiered by
the National Ballet of Canada on June 19, 2010 at the Four Seasons Centre for the
Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada and was first performed by ABT on June 4, 2012 at
the Metropolitan Opera House. Staged for ABT by Reid Anderson and Jane Bourne,
Onegin will be given eight performances May 14 through 20.
The first of eight performances of Don Quixote will be led by Xiomara Reyes
and Herman Cornejo on Friday evening, May 24. Staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan
Jones, with choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, Don Quixote is set
to music by Ludwig Minkus and features scenery and costumes by Santo Loquasto and
lighting by Natasha Katz. The McKenzie/Jones staging of the current production was
first performed by ABT on June 12, 1995.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet will be given eight performances
beginning Monday evening, June 10 with Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in the
title roles. Set to the score by Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet features scenery and
costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting by Thomas Skelton. The ballet received
its World Premiere by The Royal Ballet in London on February 9, 1965 and was given its
ABT Company Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on April 22, 1985.
Eight performances of Swan Lake, choreographed by Kevin McKenzie after
Marius Petipa, will be given beginning Monday, June 17 with Polina Semionova and
David Hallberg leading the opening night cast. Swan Lake is set to the score by Peter
Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown and lighting by
Duane Schuler. This production of Swan Lake premiered on March 24, 2000 at the
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with Julie Kent (Odette-
Odile), Angel Corella (Prince Siegfried) and Marcelo Gomes (von Rothbart).
Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes will dance the leading roles in the season’s
first performance of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia on Monday evening, June 24. A ballet
in three acts, Sylvia is set to music by Léo Delibes and features costumes and scenery
after original designs by Robin and Christopher Ironside. Additional designs for the
revival of Sylvia are by Peter Farmer and lighting is by Mark Jonathan. The World
Premiere of the original production of Sylvia was given by The Royal Ballet on
September 3, 1952 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, danced by
Margot Fonteyn (Sylvia), Michael Somes (Aminta), John Hart (Orion) and Alexander
Grant (Eros). The World Premiere of this revival of Sylvia by was given by The Royal
Ballet on November 4, 2004 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, danced by
Darcey Bussell (Sylvia), Jonathan Cope (Aminta), Thiago Soares (Orion) and Martin
Harvey (Eros). Sylvia received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere at the
Metropolitan Opera House, New York on June 3, 2005, danced by Gillian Murphy
(Sylvia), Maxim Beloserkovsky (Aminta), Marcelo Gomes (Orion) and Herman
Cornejo (Eros). The ballet, staged for ABT by Christopher Newton, will receive eight
performances through June 29.
The final week of the eight-week Metropolitan Opera House season will feature
seven performances of The Sleeping Beauty, July 1- 6. Set to a score by Peter Ilyitch
Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed after Marius Petipa, has additional
choreography and staging by Kevin McKenzie, Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov.
The production features scenery by Tony Walton, costumes by Willa Kim with additional
designs by Holly Hynes, and lighting by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang. Paloma
Herrera and Cory Stearns will lead the season’s first performance of The Sleeping Beauty
on Monday evening, July 1. This production of The Sleeping Beauty received its World
Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 1, 2007, with Veronika Part (Princess
Aurora), Marcelo Gomes (Prince Désiré), Michele Wiles (Lilac Fairy), Martine van
Hamel (Carabosse) and Herman Cornejo (Bluebird).
ABTKids, American Ballet Theatre’s annual one-hour introduction to ballet, is
scheduled for Saturday morning, June 1 at 11:30 A.M. All tickets for ABTKids are $25.
ABTKids Workshop Series
ABTKids Workshop Series, one-hour activity-based programs led by ABT
Teaching Artists, are available to ABTKids ticket holders on Saturday, June 1
(9:30 A.M.), and to matinee ticket holders Saturday, June 15 (11:00 A.M.) and Saturday,
June 29 (11:00 A.M). Saturday workshops will be held in the rehearsal studios of the
Metropolitan Opera House. Tickets to the workshops are $20 per person. For tickets and
more information on ABTKids Workshop series, please call 212-419-4321.
Subscriptions for American Ballet Theatre’s 2013 Spring Season at the
Metropolitan Opera House, on sale beginning Monday, October 15, are available by
phone at 212-362-6000, or online at ABT’s website www.abt.org.
American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre.
MasterCard is the Official Credit Card of American Ballet Theatre.
Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
School at American Ballet Theatre.
ABT is supported, in part, 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, in partnership with the City Council.
David H. Koch is the Lead Underwriter of the World Premiere Shostakovich Works. This
production is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin
Sosnoff New Works Fund. The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation is a Premier
Sponsor. Linda Allard is a Premier Sponsor of the costumes for the World Premier
Shostakovich Works. Mary Jo and Ted Shen and an anonymous donor are Leading
Sponsors of the World Premiere Shostakovich Works. Sponsorship support has also been
generously provided by Michele and Steven Pesner.
American Ballet Theatre's performances of Le Corsaire are generously underwritten
through an endowed gift from Irene and Fred Shen.
Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes is generously supported through an endowed gift from
Monica, Stefano, Cosima and Tassilo Corsi.
Onegin is generously supported through an endowed gift from Ruth and Harold Newman.
Don Quixote is generously supported through an endowed gift from Anka K. Palitz, in
memory of Clarence Y. Palitz, Jr.
American Ballet Theatre's performances of Romeo and Juliet are generously underwritten
through an endowed gift from Ali and Monica Wambold.
Swan Lake has been generously underwritten by R. Chemers Neustein. Costumes for Swan
Lake are generously sponsored by the Ellen Everett Kimiatek Costume Preservation Trust.
Sylvia is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a
Joan Taub Ades and Alan M. Ades, Adrienne Arsht, Arlene and Harvey Blau, Devon and
Peter Briger, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Edward A. Fox, Lori and Stephen Garofalo,
Julia and David H. Koch, Konrad R. Kruger, Jill L. Leinbach, Charlotte and Macdonald
Mathey, and Jean and Lawrence Shaw are Co-Underwriters of The Sleeping Beauty.
Additional funding provided by the NIB Foundation. Special thanks to Caroline Newhouse.
This production has been made possible with public funds from the National Endowment
for the Arts.
The ABTKids performance is generously supported through an endowed gift from Thomas
and Lydia West, in loving memory of Vivian B. West.
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Looks like there are tbas with Herrera for R&J, Gillian in Swan Lake, tba cast for Swan Lake, tba with Herrera and Osipova for Sylvia, and tbas with Xiomara and Gillian in Sleeping Beauty. Debuts? Guests?? Thoughts?
Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:28 PM
Very pleased Cornejo has been cast as Siegfried w. Cojocaru. Hoping I can see that too...
(Osipova's Don Q is scheduled on days when I can't get to New York. I admire Osipova so much that it seems rather a little joke the universe is playing that I am never able to catch her in her most famous role. The repertory I am most interested in -- the new Ratmansky- Shostakovitch ballet -- is similarly ill-starred for me, though I expect I will get to see it another season. Hope so.)
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