Nicoletta Manni has been named the new Étoile of La Scala's ballet company.
The promotion was announced last night on stage by the Intendent and Artistic Director Dominique Meyer together with Ballet Director Manuel Legris at the end of a performance of John Cranko's Onegin. After their triumphant opening night, it was the second performance with Manni as Tatiana with Étoile Roberto Bolle as Onegin.
Nicoletta Manni joined La Scala's corps de ballet in 2013 and has been prima ballerina since 2014. In recent years Legris has often chosen her to lead the first night casts with some of the most demanding roles in the classical as well as the contemporary repertoire.
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