Hazaros Surmeyan

Hazaros Surmeyan 2013-14 Photo Credits

Hazaros Surmeyan. Photo by Sian Richards.


Hazaros Surmeyan was born in Yugoslavia and danced with the Skopje Opera Ballet, Belgrade Opera Ballet, Mannheim Opera Ballet and Cologne Opera Ballet. He joined The National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Dancer in 1966 and performed many of the lead male classical roles with the company. He was appointed Principal Character Artist in 1985.  

As a Principal Character Artist, Mr. Surmeyan’s repertoire includes such roles as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Gremin in Onegin, Catalabutte in The Sleeping Beauty, Farmer Thomas and Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée, Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, Dr. Sloper in Washington Square and the title role in Balanchine’s Don Quixote. 

Mr. Surmeyan has also created roles in ballets by James Kudelka such as An Italian Straw Hat, Cinderella, The Four Seasons and The Contract (The Pied Piper). 

In 2003, Mr. Surmeyan choreographed an original full-length Anna Karenina for the Skopje Ballet.  


“Hazaros Surmeyan brings masterful comic timing and assurance to the peripheral role of a paparazzo prowling for scandal.” Ballet Review, 2008  

Don Quixote 
“some of the evening’s greatest pleasures were delivered by those in the several character roles, most notably veteran Hazaros Surmeyan as the Don – you’d travel far to find his equal” Toronto Star, 2011 

The Merry Widow 
“Hazaros Surmeyan was splendid as poor cuckolded husband Baron Zeta.”                               Ballet Review, 2008