I think the "former" principal might refer to Osipova. Perhaps we might get her "Swan Lake"?
Don Q: I'll get another chance to see Part as Kitri - hopefully not a matinee. Otherwise, yawn...
Classics Splendor: what are the splendors revealed in this program?
La Bayadere: I get to catch up on Semionova and Ivan Vasiliev who I missed last time.
Manon: something for Julie Kent and Vishneva but also Cojocaru if ABT still is inviting her as an annual guest.
Giselle: Since Gillian has unveiled her Giselle in NZ maybe she will bring the title role to NYC? What about Part?
Ashton Cinderella: okay I am excited about this. WIll Gillian get the opening night? Another brilliant redhead allegro technician created it - Moira Shearer. Margot Fonteyn was the original casting choice but was injured - she later made it her own. Julie Julie Kent would have been a gorgeous Ashton Cinderella 15 years ago. I suspect Kevin will push Hee Seo into this - I hope her technique is up to it. Part is a good choice. Boylston will get some performances - maybe the opening night!
Swan Lake: perhaps Osipova unveiling her Odette/Odile - otherwise, yawn...
Coppélia: this doesn't have any interesting casting possiblities for me. I have seen everyone in it.
All Shakespearean: "The Dream", "The Tempest" and "Moor's Pavane"? Vishneva and Kent were lovely as Titania but another good guest role for Cojocaru.
Cojocaru as Titania, Ashton Cinderella, Odette/Odile, Manon, Giselle etc.
Osipova as Odette/Odile (Giselle, Coppelia, Kitri but I suspect she is booked)
Gillian Murphy as Giselle, Ashton Cinderella
Denis Matvienko as Basilio, Albrecht, Siegfried
Joseph Gorak as Albrecht, Des Grieux, Prince in Cinderella
Sarah Lane as Manon, Coppelia, Cinderella