Lucia Solari

First Soloist

Lucia Solari

Lucia was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and grew up in Italy and Germany. She trained with Mme Alla Osipenko in Italy and at the Brenda Hamlyn Ballet School in Florence where she graduated in the Enrico Cecchetti method. In 1998 she won the Premio Danza & Danza (Porselli Award) for the best young Italian dancer and later won a scholarship for the School of the Hamburg Ballet which she attended from1999 to 2001. In 2000 she was awarded a scholarship from the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation.

Lucia danced with Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf from 2001 to 2005 and then joined the Hamburg Ballet where she performed until 2013, being promoted to Soloist in 2009. Whilst in Düsseldorf she performed as Sylvia in Sylvia (John Neumeier), one of two principal couples in Schumann’s Symphony no2 (Uwe Scholz) and solos in Swan Lake (Yuri Vàmos), The Sleeping Beauty (Yuri Vàmos) and The Nutcracker (Yuri Vàmos). In Hamburg Lucia danced many leading roles including: Prudence and Manon Lescaut in Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier), Effie and Pas de deux of the Scotts in La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte after Filippo Taglioni), one of the principal couples in Verklungene Feste (John Neumeier), Calliope in Orpheus, Olga Preobrajenska in Nijinsky (John Neumeier), Alexandra Baldina in Le Pavillon d’Armide, Apricot Girl in Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins), Louise in The Nutcracker (John Neumeier) and a solo in Jewels (George Balanchine). During her time in Hamburg Lucia also performed in the Silvia Azzoni & Friends and INVITO alla DANZA galas. 

Lucia joined Northern Ballet in 2013 and has since danced the roles of Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (David Nixon), Ghost of Christmas Past, Belle and Nephew’s Wife in A Christmas Carol (Massimo Moricone) and Cinderella and Prince’s Girl in Cinderella (David Nixon) as well as performing during the Mixed Programme in Hans van Manen’s Concertante and as one of two solo women in Lar Lubovitch’s Concerto Six Twenty-Two.

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Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Montevideo (Uruguay), raised in Italy and moved to Germany in 1999.

At what age did you start dancing?

I don't remember how old I was when I started. I instinctively remember dancing from a very young age together with my sister. There was always music at home as my Dad is a musician and it was natural for us to dance.

Where did you train?

In Arezzo (Italy) individual lessons with Mme. Alla Osipenko; Brenda Hamlyn School (Florence) where I graduated in the Cecchetti method. The School of Hamburg Ballet with a scholarship from Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation from 2000 - 2002.

Previous companies

Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Hamburg Ballet.

Awards/nominations/prizes

Premio Danza e Danza 1998 (Porselli Award) for Best Young Italian Dancer.

What are your favourite Northern Ballet roles?

It is difficult to pick one out of the roles I experienced last season. Every role was special, every role was a première and new to me. They all enrich me in a different way. If I had to choose just one then I would say Cinderella (Cinderella) as I was there while it was created and this for me makes a connection with a ballet and a role much more personal. I would love to dance the role of Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) as it always attracted me for the humanity and vast range of emotions. I look forward to getting to know more Northern Ballet productions this season.

Career highlights

Dancing the ‘Apricot Girl’ in Dances at the Gathering from Jerome Robbins and dancing at the Palais Garnier, Opéra de Paris.

Another highlight was when I was on tour in Russia performing at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg when my teacher Alla Osipenko surprised me by coming to the studio where we had the warm-up class before the performance. It had been 18 years since we had last seen each other. I was dancing the role of ‘Prudence Duvernay’ from The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier) and it eas the first time she was seeing me perform!

What do you like most about being a dancer?

I like that as a dancer you never stop learning and you are in a constant growth. I love music and I think movement is the most personal and individual form of communication. I like that when I dance I feel at home and I like that you get to know the world.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë or The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

What is your favourite book?

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

A steak with a jacket potato (my South-American side!), an Alsterwasser, which is a beer mixed with sprite (my German side!), all followed by an expresso (my Italian side!)...I’m working on my English side!

How do you like to relax?

Cooking a meal with my friends and then watching a movie.

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

Probably a musician or maybe a choreographer – something creative and imaginative in the arts field.

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