Roberto Bolle

Roberto Bolle, Roma, Caracalla
Roberto Bolle, Roma, Caracalla
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Roberto Bolle in Piazza del Duomo a Milano
Roberto Bolle in Piazza del Duomo a Milano
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Born in Casale Monferrato, Italy on 26th March 1975, Roberto Bolle began his ballet studies aged seven at a local school, and was accepted at the La Scala theatre ballet school in Milan when he was eleven. Rudolf Nureyev was the first to notice his talent and he chose Bolle to interpret Tadzio in the ballet Death in Venice. In 1996, just two years after he joined the Theatre Company as a member of the corps, Roberto was promoted to Principal by Elisabetta Terabust who was at that time the Director of the Ballet. Since then he has starred in many contemporary and classical ballets.Internationally he has danced with the Royal ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet, the Staatballett Berlin, the Vienna Staatsoper Ballett, the Staatsoper in Dresden, the Munich Ballet, the Tokyo Ballet.Derek Deane, the English National Ballet director, created two productions for him: Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet both of them performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London. On the 10th anniversary of the Opera Theatre in Cairo he performed in a fabulous Aida at the pyramids of Giza and afterward on live worldwide television at the Arena in Verona for a new version of the opera.In October 2000 he opened the season at Covent Garden Opera House in London performing Anthony Dowell’s production of Swan Lake and in November he was invited to the Bolshoi to celebrate Majja Plisetskaja’s 75th anniversary in the presence of President Putin. In June 2002, on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, he danced at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Queen. The event was broadcast live by the BBC and transmitted to all the Commonwealth countries.

During the 2003/2004 season he was promoted to Etoile at La Scala Theatre.
On 1st April 2004 he danced in front of the Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Young People’s Day. The Paris Opéra invited him to dance Don Quixote in May and The Sleeping Beauty in December. In December 2005 at Covent Garden Opera House in London he performed Federick Ashton’s production of Sylvia, broadcast by the BBC on Christmas Day. He danced at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin where he performed a solo created for him by Enzo Cosimi. The ceremony was broadcast worldwide and seen by 2.5 billion people.

Among his numerous partners are Darcey Bussell, Sylvie Guillem, Marianela Nuñez, Tamara Rojo and Polina Semionova. In 2007 he performed for the first time as a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre, on the occasion of Alessandra Ferri’s farewell performance. For the 2009 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, he performed as a Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre: it was the first time that a male Italian dancer had joined the Company as a Principal.

Since 1999 he has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and in 2006 he visited Sudan on his first trip into the field.

Roberto Bolle – Excelsior