Mathieu Ganio Étoile
Ballet of the Opera

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On May 20th 2004, he is made an « Étoile » following a performance of Don Quichotte (Rudolf Nureyev).


He has since added to his repertoire: Colas in La Fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton), Emeralds and Diamonds / Jewels, The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C, Apollo, Agon, Le Palais de cristal, Mozartina, La Valse (George Balanchine), the Ballet Master in La Petite danseuse de Degas (Patrice Bart), Firebird, Serait-ce la Mort? (Maurice Béjart), Albrecht in Giselle (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), the title role in Onegin (John Cranko), Artifact Suite, Woundwork 1 (William Forsythe), James in La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte after Philippe Taglioni), Lucien d’Hervilly in Paquita (Pierre Lacotte after Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa), Études (Harald Lander), the title role in Caligula (Nicolas Le Riche), Suite en Blanc (Serge Lifar), Des Grieux in Manon (Kenneth MacMillan), Amoveo (Benjamin Millepied), Armand in La Dame aux Camélias, the Third Symphony by Gustav Mahler (John Neumeier), Prince Désiré in Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Actor-Film Star in Cinderella, Drosselmeyer / the Prince in Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Rudolf Nureyev), Eros in Psyché (Alexei Ratmansky), Dances at a Gathering, Other Dances (Jerome Robbins).

1992 to 1999
He trains at the École Nationale Supérieure de danse in Marseille where Roland Petit chooses him for his version of The Nutcracker.

He enters the Paris Opera Ballet School (directly in the second division) and dances his first solo roles in the annual productions: Yondering by John Neumeier (2000) and Frantz in Coppélia restaged by Pierre Lacotte (2001).

At the age of 17, he joins the Corps de ballet. 

He becomes a “Coryphée”. Yuri Grigorovitch chooses him to perform the role of Kurbsky in Ivan the Terrible at the Opéra Bastille.

He is made a “Sujet”.

Parcours d’Étoile : MATHIEU GANIO

Currently in

  • Palais Garnier
  • from 22 October to 12 November 2022
  • Palais Garnier
  • from 25 June to 16 July 2022

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