NEW YORK – American Ballet Theatre (ABT) returns to the Metropolitan Opera House for the first time in three years for its summer season, June 13-July 16. The season will be highlighted by the New York Premieres of Alonzo King’s Single Eye and Alexei Ratmansky’s Of Love and Rage, as well as 75th Anniversary performances of George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Tickets for ABT’s 2022 summer season go on sale at the Met box office on Monday, April 25, 12 Noon.
Principal Dancers for the 2022 summer season include Joo Won Ahn, Aran Bell, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo, Thomas Forster, Gillian Murphy, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, and Cassandra Trenary. Daniel Camargo and Daniil Simkin join the Company as Guest Artists for the summer season.
New York Premieres
The New York Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Of Love and Rage is set for Monday evening, June 20, 2022 with Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell in the leading roles. Based on the 1st century AD historical romance novel Callirhoe by Chariton, Of Love and Rage tells the story of star-crossed lovers Callirhoe and Chaereas in ancient Greece. The two-act ballet is set to music by Aram Khachaturian, arranged by Philip Feeney, with sets and costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant and lighting by Duane Schuler. Of Love and Rage, Ratmansky’s 17th work for ABT, was given its World Premiere on March 5, 2020 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA, with Catherine Hurlin (Callirhoe) and Aran Bell (Chaereas). The ballet will be given eight performances at the Metropolitan Opera House through Saturday, June 25.
Single Eye by Alonzo King will have its New York Premiere on Thursday, July 7 and will be given four performances through July 9, as part of ABT’s American Splendor repertory program. Set to music by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, with sets and costumes by Robert Rosenwasser and lighting by Jim French, the ballet is inspired by a quote from Scripture: “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). Single Eye, King’s first work for ABT, received its World Premiere on March 16, 2022 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Opening Night Gala Celebrating Kevin McKenzie and Susan Fales-Hill American Ballet Theatre’s summer season will include three additional full-length ballets.
The season will open on Monday, June 13 with a special Gala performance of Don Quixote, featuring a different leading cast in each act. Dancing the roles of Kitri and Basilio will be Christine Shevchenko and Cory Stearns in Act I, Hee Seo and Joo Won Ahn in Act II, and Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell in Act III.
ABT’s Opening Night Gala will celebrate Kevin McKenzie’s three decades of leadership as Artistic Director and ABT Trustee Susan Fales-Hill for her unremitting stewardship and advancement of ABT RISE, the Company’s commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization.
Don Quixote is staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, with choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky. The ballet 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 with Paloma Herrera (Kitri) and Julio Bocca (Basilio). Following the Opening Night Gala, Don Quixote will be given seven performances through June 18.
Individual tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2022 summer season at the Metropolitan Opera House, on sale beginning Monday, April 25 at 12 Noon, are available by phone at 212-362-6000, or online at ABT’s website: https://www.abt.org/. Tickets start at $30. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.
Ticket holders for the 2022 summer season at the Metropolitan Opera House may exchange or refund tickets up until Noon the day of the performance at no extra charge, minus any difference in ticket price.
Student Ticket Policy
American Ballet Theatre offers $12-$30 advance tickets for any full-time student of an undergraduate or graduate program. A valid student ID is required. Tickets are subject to availability and require advance registration on the Met website. Limit two tickets per person, per performance. For more information, please visit the Met website: https://bit.ly/3Ex1rik.
Health and Safety Protocols
American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera House require specific health and safety protocols for all audience members attending performances. More information is available on the Met website: https://bit.ly/3EAEWsL.