Eleonora Abbagnato

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Eleonora Abbagnato
Abbagnato pech.jpg
Born (1978-06-30) 30 June 1978 (age 36)
Palermo, Sicily
Occupation ballet dancer

Eleonora Abbagnato (Italian pronunciation: [eleoˈnɔːra abbaɲˈɲaːto]; born 30 June 1978) is an Italian ballet dancer, model and actress. She is currently an Étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Palermo, Abbagnato started dancing at 4 years old, and at 12 she moved to Monte Carlo to enroll in the dance school of Marika Bresobrasova.[1] At 13, she toured Europe with Roland Petit's The Sleeping Beauty, in the role of Aurora as a child.[1][2] She was then admitted, after a private audition, to the "Ecole de Danse" of the Paris Opera as a fellowship student.[1][3]

Career[edit]

In 1996, at the age of 18, Abbagnato graduated and joined the corps de ballet of the Opera, where she made a rapid ascent: Coryphée in 1999, Sujet in 2000, Premiere Danseuse in 2001 and Étoile in March 2013.[3][4]

In 2007 Abbagnato debuted as an actress in the film Il 7 e l'8 with Ficarra e Picone.[5] On 18 February 2009, she joined Paolo Bonolis in hosting the second night of the Sanremo Music Festival.[6] The same year, she released her autobiography Un angelo sulle punte (An Angel on her toes).[7]

In 2012 she was the subject of a photographic exhibition with pictures by Massimo Gatti that was held in Milan, Los Angeles, London and Miami.[8]

In 2015 Abbagnato was appointed director of the corps de ballet of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Abbagnato married soccer player Federico Balzaretti on June 13, 2011.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c UIrene Maria Scalise (1 March 2009). "Da Palermo all'Opéra Abbagnato si racconta". La Repubblica. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Dino Chiara (12 April 2002). "L' etoile dell' Opera venuta da Palermo". La Repubblica. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Redazione (11 May 2013). "Chi è Eleonora Abbagnato che prenderà il posto di Miguel Bosè". Il Sussidiario. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Abbagnato étoile all’Opera di Parigi". Il Secolo XIX. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Laura Nobile (13 March 2007). "Ficarra e Picone 'La nostra Palermo set irrinunciabile'". La Repubblica. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Akessandra Vitali (18 February 2009). "Seconda serata, Bonolis cerca il bis con Mozart e l'omaggio a De André". La Repubblica. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Eleonora Abbagnato / Un angelo sulle punte". Il Sole 24 Ore. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Eleonora Abbagnato, étoile in mostra in 25 scatti". Il Messaggero. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Opera di Roma: Battistelli e Vlad direttori artistici, Abbagnato a capo del corpo di ballo". La Repubblica. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Eleonora Abbagnato e Federico Balzaretti: "Tutto sul nostro amore"". Oggi. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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