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Ludmila Pagliero

Ballet of the Opera
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On March 22nd 2012, she is made an « Étoile » following a performance of La Bayadère (Rudolf Nureyev) in which she performed the role of Gamzatti.

She has since added to her repertoire: Agon, Serenade, Le Palais de Crista, La Valse, Diamants / Joyaux (George Balanchine), the title role in Giselle (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), Tatiana in Onegin (John Cranko), the title role in La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte after Philippe Taglioni), Trio (Forsythe), Manon in L’Histoire de Manon (MacMillan), Kitri in Don Quichotte, Princess Aurore in Sleeping Beauty (Rudolf Nureyev), the title role in Carmen, Esmeralda in Notre-Dame de Paris (Roland Petit), Other Dances (Robbins), Trois Gnossiennes (van Manen).

Creations at the Opera

  • Kaguyahime

    Kylián, 2010

  • Rain

    De Keersmaeker - 2011

  • La Source – rôle de Naïla

    Bart - 2011

  • Célébration

    Lacotte - 2013

  • Les Variations Goldberg

    Robbins - 2016

  • Blake Works I

    Forsythe - 2016

  • The Seasons’ Canon

    Pite - 2016

  • Trio

    Forsythe - 2017

  • Trois Gnossiennes

    van Manen (2017)

  • Dogs Sleep

    Goecke - 2019

  • Sleight of Hand, Speak for Yourself

    León, Lightfoot - 2019

  • Another Place

    Ek - 2019

  • At the Hawk’s Well

    Sugimoto - 2019

  • Body and Soul

    Pite - 2019

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Career history

1993 to 1999
She pursues her studies at the Colón Theatre Superior Institute of Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


She joins the Santiago Ballet of Chili. 2002 She is promoted to a soloist.


She receives the Igor Youskevitch Award and at the 7th New York International Ballet Competition, she earns the Silver Medal as well as an engagement at the American Ballet Theatre. She joins the Corps de ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet.

She becomes a “Coryphée” 

She is made a “Sujet”. She performs the role of Death in Serait-ce la Mort? (Maurice Béjart), as well as the role of Garance in Les Enfants du Paradis (José Martinez). 

The Konex Award (Argentina). 

She is promoted to “Première danseuse”. She dances the role of the Étoile in La Petite Danseuse de Degas (Patrice Bart), the Older Sister in The House of Bernarda Alba, Apartment (Mats Ek), the Peasants’ pas de deux in Giselle (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), the title role in Paquita (Pierre Lacotte after Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa), Manon and Prudence in La Dame aux Camélias (John Neumeier), Clara in The Nutcracker, Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, a Sister in Cinderella (Rudolf Nureyev), the pas de deux in white in Proust ou les Intermittences du Cœur, the Young Girl in Le Loup (Roland Petit), In The Night, Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins).


Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.


Etoile Ludmila Pagliero

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