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After the death of Carla Fracci, the historic Italian star was 84 years old

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The queen of Italian dance had been struggling with cancer for some time. She arrived for the first time at La Scala in Milan when she was only 10 years old, when she entered the Ballet School of the Theater. In 1958, “the eternal dancing girl” – as Eugenio Montale called her – was Piermarini’s principal dancer. Among his most memorable roles that of Giselle, but also Juliet of “Romeo and Juliet” and Swanilda of “Coppelia”. Draghi: “A great Italian”. Mattarella: “He honored our country”


Carla Fracci, queen of Italian dance (CARLA FRACCI: THE VIDEO) died on May 27, in Milan. The étoile of La Scala in Milan would have turned 85 on 30 August. He had been struggling with cancer for some time. Daughter of a tram driver and a worker, born on 20 August 1936 in Milan, the “Eternal dancing girl” – as Eugenio Montale called her – arrives at the Teatro alla Scala Ballet School at the age of 10. Among the teachers the great Russian choreographer Vera Volkova. Of that period she said: “I wanted to be a hairdresser. I didn’t understand the meaning of repeating the exercises, of sacrifice, of physical and mental commitment ”. The funeral home will be set up in the foyer of the La Scala theater on 28 May from 12 to 18, with last admission at 17:30. “Something that has been done very few times, but since it is Carla Fracci …”, announced superintendent Dominique Meyer. On Saturday the funeral, at 2.45 pm, in the basilica of San Marco (THE LAST INTERVIEW OF SKY TG24 TO CARLA FRACCI).

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The rise

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Only two years after his arrival at La Scala, Fracci is an extra with Margot Fonteyn in “Sleeping Beauty”. The ascent is then very rapid. In 1954, the diploma. A year after her debut in the “Cerentola” and in 1958 she was already promoted to prima ballerina. She danced in “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake” and played numerous romantic roles: from Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” to Swanilda in “Coppelia”. Of the more than 200 roles played, it is the role of “Giselle” to consecrate her forever. After Piermarini, Fracci has been a guest of the American Ballet Theater since 1967, then dances with various foreign companies, from the London Festival Ballet to the Royal Ballet, from the Stuttgart Ballet to the Royal Swedish Ballet. In 1964 the marriage with the director Beppe Menegatti – help from Visconti – who directed her in numerous shows. The son Francesco was born from the union.

Love of teaching and partners on stage

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A passion to which Fracci will always remain faithful is also that for teaching. Since the 1980s he has directed the corps de ballet first of the San Carlo in Naples, then of the Arena of Verona and the Opera of Rome, where he remains until 2010. Between ups and downs, the link with La Scala was not never broken. On January 28th and 29th Fracci held a masterclass with the protagonists of Giselle. Fracci shared the stage with numerous partners, including Rudolf Nureyev, Vladimir Vasiliev, Henning Kronstam, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Amedeo Amodio, Paolo Bortoluzzi and Roberto Bolle.

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The honors

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In 2003 Fracci became a Knight of the Grand Cross. A year later she was appointed FAO Goodwill Ambassador. From June 2009 to 2014 Fracci was the Councilor for Culture of the Province of Florence, in 2015 she became Ambassador of Expo Milano. In 2018 he received the Toson d’oro National Award by Vespasiano Gonzaga and on 19 September 2020 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Senate of the Italian Republic.

The illness

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Fracci had been battling cancer for some time. Reserved character and always far from the star-system, she lived the course of the disease with reserve. His health had deteriorated rapidly in the past few days.

The memory of Draghi and Mattarella


Farewell to Carla Fracci, the tributes on social media to the étoile. PHOTO

Entertainment, culture and Italian politics have clung to the memory of the dancer. Prime Minister Mario Draghi said he learned “with deep emotion” the news of the disappearance, adding that Fracci was “an example of passion for entire generations, an exceptional interpreter, a great Italian”. Even the head of state Sergio Mattarella wanted to remember her. He said: “Carla Fracci honored our country with her elegance and her artistic commitment, the result of intense work”. The President of the Republic, in expressing his condolences to his family and the whole world of dance – “which today loses a precious and unforgettable reference” – then recalled in a statement the “extraordinary artistic and human skills” of the étoile, ” which have made her one of the greatest classical dancers of our time on an international level “.

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Arena di Verona: “We lose a Divine”

The Arena di Verona Foundation also wanted to remember Fracci. “We lose a Divina, a true artist, a star like few in our history,” said superintendent Cecilia Gasdia. “We want to pay homage to Carla Fracci – added Gasdia – remembering one of the most faithful and beautiful collaborations with this great theater, always in the name of perfection”. Carla Fracci has woven a constant and privileged relationship with the Arena of Verona over fifty years, in a career of excellence in memorable shows, sharing the stage with artists such as Luciana Novaro, Mario Pistoni, Micha van Hoecke, James Urbain, Rudolf Nureyev, Oriella Dorella, Ekaterina Maksimova, Lawrence Rhodes, Vladimir Vassiliev, Luciana Savignano, Gheorghe Iancu, Giuseppe Picone, Roberto Bolle. From 1954 to 2002 Fracci had brought (often for the first time ever) all the greatest titles of classical dance to the Veronese amphitheater, with the most important ballet companies in the world, and therefore with the Arena di Ballet, of which she was Director from 1996 to 1997. Often directed by Beppe Menegatti, director and life partner, she performed on the choreography of Béjart, Fokine, Ivanov, Balanchine, Massine, MacMillan, Cranko, Martinez, Gai, Dell’Ara, Bouy. With the Arena’s artistic ensembles he has interpreted several world premieres of new creations. In 2002, for her inaugural show, Franco Zeffirelli created specifically for her the character of Akmen, a silent and elegant narrator of the events of Aida.


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