Benois de la Danse nominee

Claudio Coviello was born in Potenza, Italy, in 1991 and began his studies 11 years later at the Ballet School of Teatro dell Opera in Rome. Upon graduating in 2009, he undertook further studies with Pablo Moret, principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba.

In 2009, he took second prize (juniors) at the International Competition “Premia Italia” in 2010, he was awarded first prizes (seniors) in both classical and contemporary dance at the International Competition in Spoleto and was named Best Dancer of the competition. He was than invited by Carla Fracci, director of the ballet company of Teatro dell Opera in Rome to take part in a number of performances.

In August 2010, Coviello joined the ballet company of Teatro alla Scala. His roles have included Oberon in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which he performed on the company’s visit to the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in December 2011, Albrecht in Giselle, a main role in Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, Lensky in Cranko’s Onegin and Jean de Brienne in Raymonda.

In 2012, he received the “Danza&Danza” prize as Best Emerging Artist of the 2011 season and since December 2012 he been a soloist of the Teatro della Scala company.

Since then, he has been cast in Sasha Waltz Roméo and Juliette, as Quasimodo in the restaging of Roland Petit’s Notre-Dame de Paris, as Prince Siegfried in Nureyev’s version of Swan Lake (in which he danced with Natalya Osipova) and as des Grieux in MacMillan’s Manon.

In September 2013 he was named “Dancer of the Year” by the jury of the 41 st «Positano premia la danza – Leonide Massine», and he has also been named “Dancer of the Year” by the on line magazine

In December 2013, Coviello became a principal dancer of Teatro alla Scala.