TULSA BALLET ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MARCELLO ANGELINI PROMOTES SOFIA MENTEGUIAGA TO PRINCIPAL DANCER

Feb 20, 2012 in General News


TULSA BALLET ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MARCELLO ANGELINI PROMOTES SOFIA MENTEGUIAGA TO PRINCIPAL DANCER

TULSA, Okla. – Feb. 17, 2012 – Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini promoted Senior Soloist Sofia Menteguiaga to Principal Dancer on Thursday, February 9, 2012, following her debut as Juliet in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet dress rehearsal. This is Menteguiaga’s first season with Tulsa Ballet.

“Sofia joined the company as Senior Soloist yet she brought to the organization a wealth of experience and earned it by dancing the lead roles in most of the classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertory,” Artistic Director Marcello Angelini said. “Since joining Tulsa Ballet she has been seen dancing principal roles in all of our productions. This is a well-deserved promotion. Sofia is truly a ballerina and we are happy to have her with us in Tulsa.”

Menteguiaga began her studies with Olga Ferri and Enrique Lommi, and soon joined the Instituto Superior de Arte Del Teatro Colón in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina where she continued her training as a classical dancer. In 2000 she was called by Ricardo Bustamante to be part of the Corps de Ballet at the Ballet de Santiago de Chile. Four years later she was appointed Soloist by the renowned ballerina Marcia Haydèe. Some of the most prominent roles in her career are Hanna in The Merry Widow, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanilda in Coppelia, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Anna Karenina in Anna Karenina to name a few. She has shared the stage with personalities such as Irek Mukhamedov, Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Ananiashvili, Alessandra Ferri, Julio Bocca, Julie Kent, Paloma Herrera, Robert Twesley, among others. In 2010, Sofia was convened by Lidia Segni to join the Ballet del Teatro Colón where she performed main roles, including Marguerite and Armand, an Argentinian premiere.

Since Menteguiaga began dancing with Tulsa Ballet, she has received numerous leading roles including Hanna in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Juliet in Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet as well as leading roles in Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated and Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanze. 

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