Swan Lake Artists

Swan Lake

Victoria Morgan
Artistic Director & CEO

Over the past 16 years, Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and critical success under the leadership of Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. As the company entered its 45th Anniversary Season, Ms. Morgan took on the additional role as an executive leader, serving for the first time as both the Artistic Director and CEO to lead the company into a vibrant and confident future.

Ms. Morgan arrived in Cincinnati in 1997, taking immediate steps to raise the company’s standard of excellence by attracting celebrated dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters to the Ballet from the international dance realm. Her choreography has also brought the company critical acclaim, most recently noted by the success of the 2011 world premiere of her Frisch’s Presents the New Nutcracker. She is on the board of Dance Magazine and DanceUSA, has served on the NEA evaluation panel, and has served as judge for the New York International Ballet Competition and the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala. Ms. Morgan came to Cincinnati Ballet after nearly a decade as resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera. She was a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet (1978-1987) and Ballet West (1969-1978). Her repertoire included leading roles in numerous classical and Balanchine ballets, as well as in many modern and contemporary ballets. She performed lead roles for television and film, and her choreography was featured in the PBS documentary, The Creation of O.M.O.

Ms. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A from the University of Utah and was honored as a 2009 Distinguished Alumna. She was also honored as a 2009 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.

Trad A Burns
Resident Lighting Designer 

Trad A Burns is a lighting and scenic designer based in Cleveland, his career has spanned theatre, dance, and amusement parks, as well as architectural and retail lighting. Designing over 400 productions during the last two decades, his varied work has been seen around the world. Designs include works for Cincinnati Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet theatre, Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet theatre, Ballet British Columbia, Washington Ballet, Spectrum Dance, Ballet Hawaii, Verb Ballets, New York theatre Workshop (NYC), The Public theatre (NYC), La Mama ETC (NYC), HERE (NYC), Classic Stage Company (NYC), The Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cedar Point, ValleyFair, Knott's Berry Farm, Kings Island, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Disney Sea, Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Florida & Japan, Woodstock Ice Productions, and The Family of Charles M. Schulz.
     Enjoying his tenth season as the Resident Lighting Designer for Cincinnati Ballet, Trad has been privileged to design two world premieres by Choreographer Adam Hougland, as well as world premiere works by Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Johanna Bernstein Wilt, Kirk Peterson, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Donald Byrd, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sarah Slipper, Luca Veggetti, Viktor Kabaniaev, and Jessica Lang.


Photo: Ken Coit
Devon Carney

Devon Carney, newly appointed Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet beginning with the ’13-’14 season, has just finished 10 years with Cincinnati Ballet as Associate Artistic Director. His early training was with the legendary Harvey Hysell of New Orleans, LA.  He moved to Boston and was a Principal dancer with Boston Ballet for 12 of his 20 professional performing years. Carney has performed many leading roles in classical ballets and in cutting-edge choreographic works by Mark Morris, Maurice Bejart and Merce Cunningham to name a few. In addition, he performed a diverse Balanchine repertoire and toured extensively with greats such as Rudolph Nureyev and Cynthia Gregory. With Boston Ballet, he was Ballet Master and Artistic Director of their Summer Dance Program for 8 years. Carney’s teaching credits include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Guangzhou Ballet among many others. He has choreographed for Boston Ballet, BalletMet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and Jacob’s Pillow Dance. In the summer of 2011 Mr. Carney choreographed for the Cincinnati Opera for the recently written opera A Flowering Tree by John Adams with a review in Opera News, “Devon Carney’s choreography was both athletic and exquisite”. With Cincinnati Ballet he created over 20 original works including Blue Rondo and World Citizen in March of 2009 with a review stating, “Carney’s work is not only well crafted but moody and intense with a palpable sense of loneliness. His work grows more confident and more skillful with every piece he creates” (David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer). Recently he created Boot It Up! which was performed with the live musical accompaniment of rock legend Peter Frampton. Additionally he created a full length world premiere of Dracula and has created his versions of the great classics of Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and the white acts of Swan Lake.

Gerard Charles

Currently the Ballet Master for The Joffrey Ballet, Mr. Charles was born in Folkestone, England, and received his dance training from Moya Kennedy and at the Royal Ballet School in London. In addition to numerous guest appearances, he danced professionally for Ballet International in London, Milwaukee Ballet and BalletMet, in roles ranging from corps de ballet to Principal. On retiring from the stage, he served as Ballet Master for BalletMet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Having served as Associate Artistic Director, Mr. Charles was named Artistic Director of Ballet Met in 2001. Under his leadership the company continued its artistic and financial growth. It
commissioned over 50 world premieres, was invited to perform in Russia, and three times in New York. Gerard also formed collaborations with other ballet companies and arts organizations to present pioneering and adventurous programming. These collaborations resulted in two Artistic Achievement awards and the Columbus Arts Endowment Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship. During his career he has been fortunate to work with, and learn from, a wide range of choreographers and teachers including Hans van Manen, James Kudelka, Stanton Welch, John Butler, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Agnes de Mille, David Nixon, and Larry Long. Mr. Charles has choreographed and staged works internationally and received an NEA Choreographic Fellowship. He is married to Catherine Yoshimura and his proudest achievement is his son Max.

Carmon DeLeone
Music Director

Carmon DeLeone, Music Director, is currently celebrating his 45th season with Cincinnati Ballet. The Middletown (OH) Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York's Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been named the Illinois Music Director of the Year. Under Mr. DeLeone's leadership, The Illinois Philharmonic was twice named the Illinois Orchestra of the Year.
     As a composer, he most recently premiered his Fanfare, Funk and Fandango (An American Dance Set). He has composed many original scores for the ballet, most recently his Princess & the Pea. His best known work, the full-length ballet in two acts, Peter Pan, is enjoying continued praise in major cities from coast to coast, as well as overseas. Maestro DeLeone conducted the debut of Peter Pan in London during a 28-performance run with the Atlanta Ballet at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. His list of ballet score creations also includes Frevo, Guernica, With Timbrel , Dance Praise His Name, and Ruth Page's Billy Sunday, which was nationally televised in 1983.
     During his 12-year tenure as Assistant, and later Resident Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Maestro DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind, and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected personally by Maestro Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center.
     Maestro DeLeone earned B.M., B.S., and M.M. degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Music Theatre. He has been presented with their ìDistinguished Alumni Award.
     Maestro DeLeone is very pleased to have made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance theatre for their season-opening gala performance of Carmina Burana and Revelations at New York's City Center. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and was immediately re-engaged to host and conduct all of the following year's series of Family Concerts.
     Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati's most prestigious Post-Corbett Award for excellence in the arts and was recently named as A Gentleman Of Style And Substance by Cincinnati Magazine. He lives in Cincinnati (North Avondale) with his wife of 40-plus years, Kathleen.

Cynthia Gregory

Rudolf Nureyev once called Cynthia Gregory "America's Prima Ballerina Assoluta." She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1965 and in 1967, at the age of 21, she made an auspicious debut as Odette/Odile in the full-length production of Swan Lake. During her 26 years with the company, her classical repertoire included principal roles in Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Raymonda, La Bayadère, Don Quixote and La Sylphide.  Miss Gregory also worked with many notable 20th-century choreographers including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Agnes DeMille, Glen Tetley, Birgit Culberg and Jose Limón.  Miss Gregory has been a guest artist with the National Ballet of Canada, Vienna State Opera Ballet and the Zurich State Opera Ballet, the ballet company of the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and the Stuttgart, Munich and Berlin State Opera Ballets.  Many of her favorite partners were considered some of the great male dancers of their time, including Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn and Fernando Bujones.  Miss Gregory is the recipient of many awards, including the 1975 Dance Magazine Award, the 1978 Harkness Ballet Foundation Award, and two annual awards from the Dance Educators of America.  She was made a Lion of the New York Public Library and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at both Hofstra University and Purchase College.  Miss Gregory has authored two books, Ballet Is the Best Exercise and Cynthia Gregory Dances Swan Lake.

Johanna Bernstein Wilt
Artistic Associate

Johanna Bernstein Wilt joined Cincinnati Ballet in 1981 and danced for 11 seasons before becoming Ballet Mistress in 1992. Bernstein Wilt has staged ballets for notable  choreographers such as Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Kirk Peterson, David Nixon, Peter Anastos and Jessica Lang to name a few, at Cincinnati Ballet and other ballet companies. She recreated, in conjunction with Frederic Franklin, CBE, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Movements of LÈonide Massineís Seventh Symphonyfor Cincinnati Ballet, which has received praise in The New York Times as well as many other national and international dance publications. Her choreographic credits include Everyday Is a New Beginning, for Cincinnati Ballet's New Works during the 2008-2009 Season, and A Hero’s Prayerfor the 2011-2012 New Works to commemorate her 30 years of work at Cincinnati Ballet. The Her latest project was re-staging Septime Webreís ALICE (in wonderland)for Cincinnati Ballet in the 2012-2013 Season. She became Artistic Associate in August 2013.

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