Renato Zanella

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A native of Verona, Italy, Renato Zanella started his ballet training in Verona, and in 1981 went to study with Rosella Hightower in Cannes. His made his professional debut in Basel, Switzerland, working with Heinz Spoerli. In 1985, he joined the Stuttgart Ballet and was appointed house choreographer in 1993 by Marcia Haydée. From 1995 to 2005, he was Ballet Director of the Vienna State Opera; in 2001, he added the title of Artistic Director of the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. Since 2005, he has worked as a freelance choreographer. He has choreographed ballets for the Stuttgart Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Introdans, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Swedish Ballet, Istanbul State Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, Vereinigte Bühnen Krefeld/Mönchengladbach, Teatro San Carlo (Napoli), Croatian National Theatre, Badische Staatstheater, Municipal Ballett of Lima, National Ballet of Portugal, Ballett Berlin, Balletto dell'Opera di Rom, and San Francisco Ballet. He created solo works for Marcia Haydée, Carla Fracci, Anastasia Volotchkova, Simona Noja, Shoko Nakamura, Polina Semionava, Dorothée Gilbert, Vladimir Malakhov, Manuel Legris, Roberto Bolle, Giuseppe Picone, Alessio Carbone, Alessandro Molin, and Egon Madsen. In 1995 "Danza & Danza" magazine named him the "Best Italian Choreographer Abroad." In 2001 he was honored with the Austrian Special Distinction for Arts and Sciences. 

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