Petra Conti
Biography

Petra Conti has been a Principal Dancer with the Boston Ballet since 2013.


Before moving to the US, Conti was holding the permanent position of Prima Ballerina at La Scala in Milan (Italy).


Petra Conti was born in Italy in 1988 from an Italian father and a Polish mother.


She graduated with honors from the National Academy of Dance in Rome in 2006.


At the age of 17, Conti has been invited by the Arena di Verona Ballet as an étoile guest to perform her first full length ballet, Cinderella.


In 2007, she joined the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg to prepare major ballet roles with Elvira Tarasova. 


In 2008 she became part of the Bavarian State Ballet Company.


In 2009 she has been invited by former director Mahar Vaziev to join La Scala Ballet Company. She was appointed Prima Ballerina at La Scala in 2011


In 2013 Conti accepted the invitation from artistic director Mikko Nissinen to join Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer.


Conti has been awarded with the title of Ambassador of the Italian Dance in the World in 2014. 


She is also a recipient of prestigious awards such as:


Antonio Fini’s “Extraordinary Dancer” award 2016,

Premio Progetto Arkés  2014,

Premio Danza Arenzano 2013, 

Premio Ciociaria nel mondo 2013,

  Premio Roma in Danza 2012, 

  Premio Danza & Danza 2011 as Best Performer of the Year,

Premio Positano 2007, 

Premio La Ginestra d'Oro 2007, 

Premio delle Arti 2004.


She has been named the Anna Magnani of ballet (Panorama magazine, 2012) because of her exceptional acting skills. 


Conti has danced alongside worldwide famous dancers like Roberto Bolle, Ivan Vassiliev, Massimo Murru…


Conti studied drama with Kuniaki Ida from 2009 to 2011 at the Arsenale Theater in Milan.


In 2010 TV channel SKY Classica devoted an entire documentary to Conti entitled "Dancers of tomorrow", about her performances of Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote.


Conti is married to Eris Nezha, Principal Dancer at the Boston Ballet.


She is also currently earning her bachelor’s degree in Science of Leadership at Northeastern University.



Her repertoire includes:


Giselle - Giselle (chor. Yvette Chauvirè)

Kitri - Don Quixotte (chor. Rudolf Nureyev)

Juliet - Romeo and Juliet (chor. Kenneth Macmillan)

Tatiana - Onegin (chor. John Cranko)

Jewels - Emerald: I, II couple (chor. Balanchine)

Raymonda, Clemence – Raymonda (chor. Petipa-Vicharev)

Civilization, Folgore - Excelsior (chor. Dell'Ara)

Titania - A Midsummer night dream (chor. Balanchine)

Albachiara - L'altra meta' del cielo (chor. Clarke, music Vasco Rossi)

Marguerite - Marguerite and Armand (chor. Frederick Ashton)

Principal Couple - Concerto DSCH (chor.Alexei Ratmansky)

Juliette - Romèo et Juliette (chor. Sasha Waltz)

Esmeralda - Notre-Dame de Paris (chor. Roland Petit)

Odette/Odile - Swan Lake (chor. Rudolf Nureyev)

In the Middle Somewhat Elevated (chor. William Forsythe)

Odette/Odile -Swan Lake (chor. Mikko Nissinen)

Prima Ballerina - Etudes (chor. Harald Lander) 

Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen - Nutcracker (chor. Mikko Nissinen)

The puppet couple - Bella Figura (chor. Jiri Kylian)

Fairy Godmother - Cinderella (chor. Frederick Ashton)

Belong Pas de Deux (chor. Norbert Vesak)

Bach Cello Suites (chor. Jorma Elo)

Eventide (chor. Helen Pickett)

Glove seller - Gaîté Parisienne (chor. Leonide Massine)

Posthorn - Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler (chor. John Neumeier)

Pas de Quatre (chor. Leonid Yacobson)

Cinderella - Cinderella (chor. Maria Grazia Garofoli)

Giselle - Giselle (chor.Maria Grazia Garofoli)


International galas:


Kremlin Gala-Stars of the XXI Century (Moscow-Kremlin, 2015) 

Ballet Now Stars Gala (Los Angeles, 2015)

Bolle and Friends Summer Tour (Italy, 2014)

Les Hivernales de la Danse (Liège, Belgium, 2013)

Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience (Dubai, 2013) 

Spring & Winter Gala (Ekaterinburg, 2013, 2012) 

Gala des Etoiles (Goiania, Brazil, 2012) 

Vladimir Vassiliev Gala (Rome, 2011)

The150th anniversary of Unità d'Italia (Roma, 2011)

Nijinski Gala (Hamburg, 2009) 

Women on Music (Los Angeles, 2005) 

International Dance Festival (Bucharest, 2004).


Guest Artist appearances:

Arena di Verona's Cinderella (2007), and Giselle (2008), 

Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory's Swan Lake (2007), 

Tirana National Opera's Giselle (2014). 


Principal roles on tours, representing La Scala :

2011 Łódź -Poland in Emeralds (chor. Balanchine)

2011 Muscat- Oman in Giselle (chor.  Chauviré) 

2011 Moscow-Bolshoi Theatre in Excelsior (Dell'Ara)

2011 Moscow-Bolshoi Theatre in A Midsummer Night Dream (Balanchine)

2012 Brazil-Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte in Giselle (I. Chauviré).


Principal roles on tours, representing Boston Ballet:

2014 Washington - Kennedy Center in Bella Figura (chor. Jiri Kylian)

2014 New York City -Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in Bella Figura (chor. Jiri Kylian).