Anna Karenina Adelaide

Cast sheet

WELCOME TO ANNA KARENINA

Thank you for joining us for the Australian premiere season of  Yuri Possokhov's Anna Karenina. On this cast sheet, you can find out who'll be dancing in your performance, read the story of the ballet and watch an in-depth interview with our Artistic Director David Hallberg and Guest Repetiteur Suzanne Lopez about the process of creating Anna Karenina.

  • SYNOPSIS

    “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    Prologue | Moscow
    Train Station of the St Petersburg Railway

    An old station guard walks, forcing himself against a strong wind. Walking through the snow, the guard leaves behind a foot trail. A faceless crowd emerges from the shadows. The old man accidentally falls on the tracks and is crushed by an oncoming train. Among the horrified crowd are Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky. Anna and Vronsky meet and sense an immediate attraction.

    Act I Scene 1 | Moscow
    Shcherbatsky House, Salon

    Countess Nordston, the young Princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya and her parents and friends gather at the Shcherbatsky home. Kitty is anticipating the arrival of Count Vronsky. A long-time family friend, Constantine Levin, enters the salon. He is clearly in love with Kitty and makes a proposal, but she does not share the same feelings and declines with a heavy heart. Vronsky arrives and is greeted by Kitty, but he is distracted by a brief glimpse of Anna, who was leaving the house as he entered. Vronsky shows Kitty polite affection. Countess Nordston invites everyone to participate in a séance. During the séance, Vronsky has a vision of Anna.

    Scene 2 | Moscow
    A Ballroom

    Guests dance at a ball in Moscow. Kitty arrives looking for Vronsky. Kitty and Vronsky dance. She has high expectations of him proposing tonight. Anna arrives and steals Vronsky’s attention. They dance. Kitty watches in despair: Vronsky loves another.

    Scene 3 | St Petersburg
    Train Station/Karenin House/A Hotel
    Alexei Karenin waits for his wife alone on the platform at St Petersburg train station. Anna arrives, followed by Vronsky, whom she has to introduce to her husband. At home with her husband and son, Seryozha, Anna acknowledges a void in her life. She departs the house in search of her new love. Anna and Vronsky’s affair begins.

    Scene 4 | St Petersburg
    A Racecourse

    Spectators take their places in the stands at the racecourse. The Karenins meet Anna’s friend Betsy Tverskaya. A group of jockeys, including Vronsky, start to race. Vronsky takes a fall and his horse is badly injured. Anna’s reaction reveals her feelings and affection for Vronsky to Karenin and the crowd. Vronsky retrieves a gun and shoots his horse.

    INTERMISSION

    Act II Prologue | St Petersburg
    Karenin House: Delirium

    Anna lies ill in bed with a fever. She has a vision of the old station guard and imagines a life lived happily with both her husband and her lover.

    Scene 1 | St Petersburg
    Karenin House: Reality
    Karenin, in total despair, is at the foot of Anna’s bed. Anna is on the verge of dying. Vronsky, devastated and lost, standing at her side, asks forgiveness from her husband and runs away in shame. Karenin calls on the doctor, who administers morphine to Anna. She is hallucinating.

    Scene 2 | St. Petersburg
    Parliament

    Karenin takes a stand in Parliament, presenting his proposal of a new law on immigrants residing in Russia, but it is not received well by the other members.

    Scene 3 | Italy/Russia
    Anna and Vronsky have a new life in the Italian countryside. Meanwhile, in Russia, Levin dares to propose to Kitty again and she gratefully accepts. Anna and Vronsky’s relationship shows signs of discord. Vronsky leaves Anna and she falls into despair.

    Scene 4 | St Petersburg
    Karenin House

    Anna secretly comes to visit her dear son, Seryozha. Karenin finds her in their son’s room. They fight over Seryozha and Karenin makes Anna leave, separating the mother and the son forever.

    Scene 5 | St Petersburg
    Betsy Tverskaya’s Salon

    Betsy is hosting friends at her home. Kitty and Levin arrive and announce their engagement. The guests extend their congratulations. In the course of the evening, Vronsky has another vision of Anna: a foreboding premonition.

    Scene 6 | St Petersburg
    Obiralovka Train Station

    Anna takes morphine to dull her misery. She recognises a simple way to end her suffering. She throws herself beneath an oncoming train.

    Epilogue | Russia
    Field in the Countryside

    Kitty and Levin enjoy a simple country life. Levin reflects on the people who have influenced him. On one hand, he feels tragic loss. On the other, happiness. He finds contentment in understanding the purpose of his life.

  • Thursday 8 July 1pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks  
    Alexey Karenin Adam Bull 
    Seryozha, their son Massimo Musolino
    Alexey Vronsky Callum Linnane 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet 
    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth  
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Amy Harris
    Station Guard/Doctor Marcus Morelli 
    Kitty's Parents Saranja Crowe  Timothy Coleman 
    Kitty's Friends 
    Evie Ferris Montana Rubin Jacob de Groot  Cameron Holmes  Luke Marchant
    Nanny Larissa Kiyoto-Ward
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Yichuan Wang  Shaun Andrews  Drew Hedditch  Lucien Xu

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • Friday 9 July 7.30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks  
    Alexey Karenin Adam Bull 
    Seryozha, their son Massimo Musolino
    Alexey Vronsky Callum Linnane 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet 
    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth  
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Amy Harris
    Station Guard/Doctor Marcus Morelli 
    Kitty's Parents Saranja Crowe  Timothy Coleman 
    Kitty's Friends 
    Evie Ferris  Montana Rubin  George-Murray Nightingale  Cameron Holmes  Drew Hedditch
    Nanny Larissa Kiyoto-Ward
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Yichuan Wang  Shaun Andrews  Drew Hedditch  Lucien Xu

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • Saturday 10 July 1.30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Imogen Chapman
    Alexey Karenin Cristiano Martino
    Seryozha, their son Leonardo Cocks
    Alexey Vronsky Jarryd Madden 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Dimity Azoury 
    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Jill Ogai

    Station Guard/Doctor Cameron Holmes 
    Kitty's Parents Jasmin Durham  Matthew Bradwell
    Kitty's Friends 
    Evie Ferris  Lisa Craig  Jacob de Groot  Shaun Andrews  Luke Marchant 
    Nanny Larissa Kiyoto-Ward
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Yichuan Wang  Shaun Andrews  Drew Hedditch  Lucien Xu

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • Saturday 10 July 7.30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Valerie Tereshchenko 
    Alexey Karenin Joseph Romancewicz
    Seryozha, their son Massimo Musolino 
    Alexey Vronsky Nathan Brook 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Ako Kondo 
    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Nicola Curry

    Station Guard/Doctor Cameron Holmes
    Kitty's Parents Saranja Crowe  Rohan Furnell
    Kitty's Friends 
    Coco
    Mathieson  Montana Rubin  Jacob de Groot  Shaun Andrews  Luke Marchant   
    Nanny Belle Urwin 
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Thomas Gannon  George-Murray Nightingale  Jake Mangakahia  Lucien Xu

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • Monday 12 July 7.30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks  
    Alexey Karenin Adam Bull 
    Seryozha, their son Leonardo Cocks
    Alexey Vronsky Callum Linnane 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet 
    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth  
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Amy Harris
    Station Guard/Doctor Marcus Morelli 
    Kitty's Parents Saranja Crowe  Timothy Coleman 
    Kitty's Friends 
    Evie Ferris  Lisa Craig  George-Murray Nightingale  Cameron Holmes  Drew Hedditch
    Nanny Larissa Kiyoto-Ward
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Yichuan Wang  Shaun Andrews  Drew Hedditch  Lucien Xu

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • Tuesday 13 July 7.30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Valerie Tereshchenko 
    Alexey Karenin Joseph Romancewicz
    Seryozha, their son Massimo Musolino 
    Alexey Vronsky Nathan Brook 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Ako Kondo 
    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Nicola Curry
    Station Guard/Doctor Cameron Holmes
    Kitty's Parents Katherine Sonnekus  Rohan Furnell
    Kitty's Friends 
    Coco
    Mathieson  Montana Rubin  Jacob de Groot  Shaun Andrews  Luke Marchant   
    Nanny Belle Urwin 
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Thomas Gannon  George-Murray Nightingale  Jake Mangakahia  Mason Lovegrove

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • Wednesday 14 July 7.30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Imogen Chapman
    Alexey Karenin Cristiano Martino
    Seryozha, their son Leonardo Cocks
    Alexey Vronsky Jarryd Madden 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Dimity Azoury 
    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Jill Ogai
    Station Guard/Doctor Cameron Holmes 
    Kitty's Parents Saranja Crowe  Matthew Bradwell
    Kitty's Friends 
    Evie Ferris  Montana Rubin  Jacob de Groot  Shaun Andrews  Luke Marchant 
    Nanny Larissa Kiyoto-Ward
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Yichuan Wang  Shaun Andrews  Drew Hedditch  Lucien Xu

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • Thursday 15 July 7.30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon 
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks  
    Alexey Karenin Adam Bull 
    Seryozha, their son Massimo Musolino 
    Alexey Vronsky Callum Linnane 
    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet 
    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth  
    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Amy Harris
    Station Guard/Doctor Marcus Morelli 
    Kitty's Parents Saranja Crowe  Rohan Furnell
    Kitty's Friends 
    Coco Mathieson  Montana Rubin  Jacob de Groot  Cameron Holmes  Drew Hedditch
    Nanny Belle Urwin
    Policemen
    Lucien Xu  Yichuan Wang
    Jockeys
    Marcus Morelli  Cameron Holmes  Yichuan Wang  Shaun Andrews  Drew Hedditch  Lucien Xu

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants
    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano Juel Riggall 

  • PRODUCTION CREDITS

    Choreography Yuri Possokhov
    Guest Repetiteurs
    Adam Blyde  Suzanne Lopez
    Composer Ilya Demutsky
    Libretto Valerly Pecheykin based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
    Costume and set design Tom Pye
    Lighting design David Finn
    Projection design Finn Ross

    with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

    Anna Karenina is a co-production of The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet.

    Presentation roses proudly supported and supplied by Mr Roses.

OUR THANKS TO KAWAI

As you watch this performance, listen out for the unmistakable sound of the Kawai Concert Grand Piano. Kawai has been our Official Piano Partner since 2010, and their world-class pianos play a vital role in the artistic life of The Australian Ballet. Our morning classes, our rehearsals, our audience engagement programs and our performances wouldn’t be the same without their beautiful tones.

This year, Kawai celebrates 40 years in Australia. We wish them a happy anniversary, and thank them for making music with us.  

Emma Koppelman and Katherine Sonnekus. Photography Kate Longley

IMOGEN CHAPMAN

"Just the fact she was so determined to live life on her own terms and also just believing that love is stronger than anything. I think that is something everyone can relate to ..." Vogue Australia, our Media Partner for Anna Karenina, sat down with our Soloist Imogen Chapman to discuss her preparation for the role of Anna, spooky omens and the long road to the stage. 

Read the interview

Photography by Jake Terrey for Vogue Australia 

Photography by Jake Terrey for Vogue Australia