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 1986.
“Some of [Don Quixote'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.”
As a Principal Character Artist, Mr. Surmeyan’s repertoire includes such roles as Yslaev in A Month in the Country, 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.
Born: Skopje, Yugoslavia
Trained: National Ballet School of Macedonia
Joined as Principal Dancer: 1966
Principal Character Artist since: 1986
“Hazaros Surmeyan brings masterful comic timing and assurance to the peripheral role of a paparazzo prowling for scandal.”
— Ballet Review
The Merry Widow
“Hazaros Surmeyan was splendid as poor cuckolded husband Baron Zeta.”
— Ballet Review
Balanchine's Don Quixote
"Don Quixote was skillfully acted by Hazaros Surmeyan. He managed to convey the Don's passion and romanticism, not just his eccentricity...Surmeryan's characterization was multidimensional."