Carla Fracci

International “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Award for Culture 1997

Carla Fracci was born in Milan in 1936. She began to train at the dance school of La Scala Opera House when she was only 10 years old. Only two years after receiving her diploma, she became a soloist and then Prima Ballerina.

Her talent has led her to perform on some of the world’s most famous stages, and she has been a member of internationally renowned ballet companies such as the London Festival Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre.

She is known for her intense and emotionally charged performances of both romantic and dramatic roles, such as Giselle, La Sylphide, Giulietta, Swanilda, and Francesca da Rimini. In the late 1980s she directed the dance company of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and later the dance companies of the Arena di Verona and the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.

She was the honorary sponsor of the first Florence Biennale and on this occasion she received the Award “Lorenzo il Magnifico” of the City of Florence.