Anna Karenina Melbourne

Cast Sheet

Anna Karenina Melbourne

Welcome to Anna Karenina

Thank you for joining us for the Melbourne season of Yuri Possokhov's Anna Karenina. On this cast sheet, you can find out who'll be dancing in your performance, discover 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.

A statement from The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet opens our hearts to the victims of the unprovoked war in Ukraine. All people deserve the right to live in peace and we extend our deepest sympathies to all those impacted, displaced and suffering as a result of this horrific situation.

As has been the case throughout history, art has the unique power to connect communities during the darkest of times and is a vital platform in providing voices and artistic expression for all peoples.

This is true for The Australian Ballet in these current times as we perform Anna Karenina at Arts Centre Melbourne. This new version of Anna Karenina, based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel - one of the most famous Russian works of all time – has been created by Ukrainian-born choreographer Yuri Possokhov.  

With productions such as this beloved classic, Anna Karenina, we propose a symbol of hope for the future.

The Australian Ballet supports and acknowledges the recent lighting up of our two performance homes, Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House, in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

  • 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 24 February 7:00 pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Valerie Tereshchenko

    Alexei Karenin Brodie James

    Alexei Vronsky Ty King-Wall

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Jade Wood

    Konstantin Levin Chengwu Guo

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskay Jill Ogai

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Friday 25 February 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks 

    Alexei Karenin Adam Bull 

    Alexei Vronsky Callum Linnane 

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet

    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskay Nicola Curry

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Jacqueline Dark

  • Saturday 26 February 1:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Imogen Chapman

    Alexei Karenin Cristiano Martino

    Alexei Vronsky Jarryd Madden

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Sharni Spencer

    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskay Dana Stephensen

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Saturday 26 February 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Valerie Tereshchenko

    Alexei Karenin Brodie James

    Alexei Vronsky Ty King-Wall

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Jade Wood

    Konstantin Levin Chengwu Guo

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskay Jill Ogai

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Monday 28 February 6:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Amy Harris

    Alexei Karenin Matthew Bradwell

    Alexei Vronsky Nathan Brook

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Sharni Spencer

    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskay Ingrid Gow

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet 

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Jacqueline Dark

  • Tuesday 1 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Valerie Tereshchenko

    Alexei Karenin Brodie James

    Alexei Vronsky Ty King-Wall

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Jade Wood

    Konstantin Levin Chengwu Guo

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Jill Ogai

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Wednesday 2 March 1:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Amy Harris 

    Alexei Karenin Matthew Bradwell

    Alexei Vronsky Nathan Brook

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Sharni Spencer

    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Jill Ogai

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Jacqueline Dark

  • Wednesday 2 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks 

    Alexei Karenin Adam Bull 

    Alexei Vronsky Callum Linnane 

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet

    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Nicola Curry

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Thursday 3 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Imogen Chapman

    Alexei Karenin Cristiano Martino

    Alexei Vronsky Jarryd Madden

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Sharni Spencer

    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Dana Stephensen

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Friday 4 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Valerie Tereshchenko

    Alexei Karenin Brodie James

    Alexei Vronsky Ty King-Wall

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Jade Wood

    Konstantin Levin Chengwu Guo

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Jill Ogai

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Saturday 5 March 1:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Erica Kennedy

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Amy Harris 

    Alexei Karenin Matthew Bradwell

    Alexei Vronsky Nathan Brook

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Sharni Spencer

    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Jill Ogai

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Jacqueline Dark

  • Saturday 5 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks 

    Alexei Karenin Adam Bull 

    Alexei Vronsky Callum Linnane 

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet

    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Nicola Curry

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Jacqueline Dark

  • Monday 7 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Imogen Chapman

    Alexei Karenin Cristiano Martino

    Alexei Vronsky Jarryd Madden

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Sharni Spencer

    Konstantin Levin Christopher Rodgers-Wilson

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Ingrid Gow

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • Tuesday 8 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Sulki Yu

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Robyn Hendricks 

    Alexei Karenin Adam Bull 

    Alexei Vronsky Callum Linnane 

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet

    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Nicola Curry

    Members of Russian Society, Peasants 

    Artists of The Australian Ballet

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Jacqueline Dark

  • Wednesday 9 March 7:30pm

    Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM
    Concertmaster Yi Wang

    With Orchestra Victoria

    Anna Karenina Valerie Tereshchenko

    Alexei Karenin Brodie James

    Alexei Vronsky Ty King-Wall

    Kitty Shcherbatskaya Benedicte Bemet

    Konstantin Levin Brett Chynoweth

    Countess Nordston/Betsy Tverskaya Dana Stephensen

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Dimity Shepherd

  • PRODUCTION CREDITS

    Choreography Yuri Possokhov
    Guest Repetiteurs Adam Blyde and 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 Orchestra Victoria

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