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Alessandra Ferri


Alessandra Ferri was born in Milan, Italy. She studied at Teatro alla Scala in Milan until the age of 15, and then attended The Royal Ballet School. She won one of the three Prix de Lausanne for 1980, which enabled her to continue her studies at The Royal Ballet School on scholarship. She joined The Royal Ballet in 1980.

With The Royal Ballet, Ferri created roles in L'Invitation au Voyage, Valley of Shadows (for which she won the 1982 Sir Laurence Olivier Award), Isadora, Consort Lessons, Different Drummer, and the pas de deux Chanson. She also danced in The Royal Ballet's first performances of Napoli Divertissements, Illuminations, and Return to the Strange Land. Also with The Royal, she danced in The Sleeping Beauty, Afternoon of a Faun, The Two Pigeons, Swan Lake, Mayerling, the title role in Manon, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, as well as roles in Voluntaries, Konservatoriet, Cinderella, La Bayadère, and Les Biches. She was cast in the dancing role of Anna in Kenneth MacMillan's Seven Deadly Sins, and danced Odette in Franco Zeffirelli's Swan Lake in Milan, and the title role in Roland Petit's Carmen with the London Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet).

Ferri joined American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in 1985. Her roles with the Company include the title role in Anastasia, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Titania in The Dream, The Accused in Fall River Legend, the Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle in Giselle, the title role in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Tatiana in Onegin, the pas de deux Other Dances, Taglioni in Pas des Déesses, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, a featured role in Sinfonietta, Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the leading role in Some Assembly Required, the Sylph in La Sylphide, the leading role in Les Sylphides and Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew. She created a leading role in In Volo.

In the 1989, Ferri appeared with the Ballet National de Marseille where she danced in Roland Petit's Le Diable Amoreux, which Mr. Petit created especially for her. Her guest appearances have also included dancing the role of Juliet in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet with the National Ballet of Canada, and the title role in Roland Petit's Carmen with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Ferri is a permanent guest artist with La Scala in Milan.

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