Masterclasses & Workshops

Eleonora Abbagnato

Ballet Masterclass

Nov 2, 2019

Masterclass Orsolina28 engages internationally renowned artists throughout the year to hold masterclasses and workshops.



11.30 - 13.00 ADVANCED LEVEL (From 15 years old and up)

Registration required by Wednesday, October 30.
Limited places.


She began studying ballet at the age of four years in Italy, then moved to Montecarlo where she attended the school of Marika Besobrasova.

Chosen by Roland Petit to be "Aurora bambina" in his version of La Bella dormentata nel bosco, Eleonora continued her training at the Rosella Hightower Dance Centre in Cannes (1991) and entered the following year at the Paris Opera Dance School. In 1996, she was hired by the ballet of the Paris Opera, participating in numerous performances of the classical and contemporary repertoire.

In 2001, when she was only 22 years old, she was promoted to "première danseuse" and from that moment she had the opportunity to expand her repertoire by interpreting the creations of the greatest masters of choreography such as Roland Petit, Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian, Jerome Robbins, Maurice Béjart, George Balanchine, Yuri Grigorovitch, Serge Lifar, Angelin Preljocaj, José Montalvo and many others.

During his career he received numerous awards including the "Prix Danse Europe" (1990), the "Prix du Cercle Carpeaux" for results during the 1998-99 season, the Positano Award, the Audience Award given by AROP in 2000, the International Gino Tani Award in December 2001 and the Baroque Award (Lecce 2007). From 2009 to 2011 he is artistic consultant of the Petruzzelli Theatre of Bari, for the relaunch of this historical theater. On December 31, 2009 he danced at the New Year's Concert in Vienna, broadcast worldwide. In June 2010 he received, with an official letter from President Nicholas Sarkozy, the prestigious award of "Chevalier dans l'ordre National du mérite" for the merits acquired at the Paris Opera.

On March 27, 2013 she was named "Étoile" and officially became the first Italian to achieve this significant achievement at the Paris Opera. In April 2015 she was appointed Director of the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.