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Valentino Zucchetti

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Valentino Zucchetti in action.
Valentino Zucchetti in Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Italian dancer Valentino Zucchetti is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and on graduation joined Zürich Ballet. He joined the Company in 2010, promoted to First Artist in 2011, Soloist in 2012 and First Soloist in 2014.

Zucchetti was born in Calcinate and began training locally aged four. Aged 11 he moved to Milan to study at La Scala Ballet School. Aged 16 he was offered a scholarship to study at The Royal Ballet Upper School and while there won the 2006 Genée International Ballet Competition and the 2007 Solo Seal award. In his final year he created a role in Christopher Hampson’s Three Dialogues for the School’s annual matinee. He subsequently joined Zürich Ballet and moved to Norwegian National Ballet in 2009. His repertory in Zürich and Oslo included Gurn (La Sylphide) and Prince (The Nutcracker). Zucchetti’s repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Rhapsody, blue boy (Les Patineurs), Lescaut and Beggar Chief (Manon), Brother Clown (The Winter’s Tale), Gypsy Girl’s Lover (The Two Pigeons), Lensky (Onegin), Espada (Don Quixote), Puck (The Dream), Hans-Peter and Prince (The Nutcracker), Mercutio and Lead Mandolin (Romeo and Juliet), Bronze Idol (La Bayadère), pas de trois (Swan Lake), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Fool (The Prince of the Pagodas) and roles in ballets including Scènes de ballet, Symphonic Variations and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse. He has created roles for Carlos Acosta, Kim Brandstrup, David Dawson, Alastair Marriott, Liam Scarlett, Heinz Spoerli and Christopher Wheeldon, among others.

Zucchetti won the School’s Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award in 2005. He choreographed Sonata for Six for the School’s 2013 matinee and regularly creates pieces for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works. In 2013 he choreographed Orbital Motion for New English Ballet Theatre.

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News and features

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Cast Change: Nicol Edmonds to dance in Onegin on 27 January 2015

Cast Change: Nicol Edmonds to dance in Onegin on 27 January 2015

26 January 2015

Nicol Edmonds to replace Valentino Zucchetti in the role of Lensky.

Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

Additional casting confirmed for Don Quixote

14 November 2014

Role debuts announced for Carlos Acosta's Royal Ballet production.

Photos

Valentino Zucchetti and students of The Royal Ballet School in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti

James Hay, Valentino Zucchetti and Dawid Trzensimiech in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Valentino Zucchetti and Anna Rose O'Sullivan in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Golding as Oberon and Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti and Yuhui Choe in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti in Voices of Spring, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti as Lensky in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti and Yuhui Choe in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti as Puck in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti and Artists of the Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Dawid Trzensimiech, Marcelino Sambé, Melissa Hamilton, Tristan Dyer and Valentino Zucchetti and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rubies (Jewels), The Royal Ballet

Anna Rose O'Sullivan, Solomon Golding, Kevin Emerton and Valentino Zucchetti in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti and students of The Royal Ballet School in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti in Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Valentino Zucchetti in Scènes de ballet

Meaghan Grace Hinkis and Valentino Zucchetti in Onegin, The Royal Ballet