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 (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]

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]

Personal life[edit]

Abbagnato married soccer player Federico Balzaretti on June 13, 2011.[9]


  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. ^ "Eleonora Abbagnato e Federico Balzaretti: "Tutto sul nostro amore"". Oggi. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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