Rita Pollacchi

Rita Pollacchi completed her secondary ballet education in Italy at the La Scala Theatre School, during which she already took part in the theatre's productions of such ballets as The Nutcracker and Don Quixote. From 1995 to 1998 she perfected her knowledge at the Heinz Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy in Munich. During this period of time she also took part in some ballet productions of the Bavarian State Opera.

In 1998 she became a Demi-Soloist in the SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana, where she was promoted to Soloist in 2007 and to Principal in 2020.

She has so far danced in the following ballet productions: Heartmeat (Duet), Swan Lake (White and Black Swan), Doctor Zhivago (Tanya), Tristan and Isolde, Coppélia on Montmartre (Girlfriends), Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird, Violente), The Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) (Girlfriend), Love Stories, The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol (Little Clara), Cinderella (Anastasia), Serenades (Serenade, Concerto barocco), Who's the strongest? (Miss Mouse), Veronika Decides …, Mozart vs. Schumann (Solo Pas de deux), Don Quixote (Kitri), Yin & Yang (She is Missing ...), Romeo and Juliet (Girlfriend, Little Beggar), Tango for Rachmaninov – Rhapsody, Picko and Packo (Picko), Swan Lake, an Ideal of a Romantic Ballet – this time … after Prešeren (Julija Primic), La Bayádere (Nikya, Gamzati), Urbanobalet and Unicorn, as well as in the Ballet Evening Under the Stars (Baker's Dozen, What a Wonderful World … can be), La Sylphide (The Sylph), Giselle (Giselle), Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (Evridika), A Man with a Knife, Great Gatsby (Jordan) and Le Corsaire (Medora).

In the 2007/2008 season she took part in the Roberto Bolle and Friends – a Gala Evening of Ballet Stars in Italy -, where she danced with Alen Bottaini (a variation from Don Quixote) and Anton Bogov (a variation from Le Corsaire).

In 2008 she was awarded for her role of Kitri in Don Quixote by the prestigious Lydia Wisiak Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Ballet Art, presented by the Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia.

Last updated in July 2021