- Naples, Italy
- La Scala Ballet School
- Company Membership
Joined the Company as a soloist in 2014
Promoted to principal dancer in 2016
Carlo Di Lanno was born in Naples, Italy, and trained at La Scala Ballet School in Milan. He danced with La Scala Ballet and Staatsballett Berlin before joining San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2014. He was promoted to principal dancer in 2016.
Carlo has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), and Prism; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Espada); Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (Phlegmatic), Serenade (Waltz), and Theme and Variations; Cranko’s Onegin (Onegin); Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9), and Souvenir d’un lieu cher; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Green); and Thatcher’s Frayed. He created a role in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016.
Before joining SF Ballet, Carlo made his debut as Siegfried in Nureyev’s Swan Lake at age 20, partnering Polina Semionova, and danced Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH with Svetlana Zakharova. He performed principal or featured roles in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pas de six), Eifman’s Tchaikovsky (Jungermann), Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Basilio), Balanchine’s Diamonds (principal) and Theme and Variations (principal), Dell’ Ara’s Excelsior (pas de cinq), MacMillan’s L’histoire de Manon (Three Gentlemen), Petit’s Pink Floyd Ballet (principal), Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons (Green), and Vikharev’s Raymonda (Grand Pas Classique).
As a guest artist, Carlo danced the role of Albrecht in Stiefel/Kobborg’s Giselle with Royal New Zealand Ballet on its UK tour in fall 2015. He has performed on tour in Belo Horizonte, Sao Paolo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Hong Kong; Tokyo; Astana, Kazakhstan; Muscat, Oman; and Moscow (Bolshoi Theatre).
Carlo was named Best Emerging Artist at the Premio Danza&Danza Gala in Brescia, Italy, in June 2015 and won The Eleventh International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada, in March 2015. He was named Italian Classical Dancer of the Year at Positano Premia la Danza Léonide Massine in Positano, Italy, in September 2014.