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