Ketlin Oja as Clara and Cristiano Principato as a Prince in The Nutcracker

Ketlin Oja as Clara and Cristiano Principato as a Prince in The Nutcracker, Estonian National Ballet.

The Nutcracker, ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, libretto by Marius Petipa based on the fairy-tale of E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas. World premiere on December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre. Premiere in the Estonian National Opera on December 3, 2023. Music Director Kaspar Mänd, conductor Mikk Murdvee. Choreographer and Stage Director Gyula Harangozó, set and video designer Kentaur, costume designer: Rita Velich, lighting Rasmus Rembel. Estonian National Opera Orchestra and Boys’ Choir. Shot at the Estonian National Opera on 9.1.2023.

Ketlin Oja is a Soloist with Estonian National Ballet. She began her training in classical ballet at Ida Dance School (2003–2013) and graduated from Tallinn Ballet School with cum laude in 2015, having studied with Tiiu Randviir, Agnes Oaks, Kaie Kõrb, Viesturs Jansons, Irina Härm and Kristin Pukka among others. Ketlin Oja has also attended several workshops and summer classes. Ketlin Oja joined the Estonian National Ballet in 2015, was promoted to demi-soloist in 2018 and soloist in 2020.

Cristiano Principato graduated from La Scala Ballet School in Milan in 2014 (teachers were Frédéric Olivieri, Maurizio Vanadia, Leonid Nikonov, Paola Vismara and Tatiana Nikonova). He worked with La Scala Ballet as corps de ballet dancer and then moved to Amsterdam dancing with Het Nationale Ballet’s Junior Company for one season, before joining the main company. In the following seasons, he was promoted the rank of demi-soloist. In 2020, he joined Estonian National Ballet as a demi-soloist and in 2021 he became a soloist. In 2017 he received the Italian award “Étoile del domani”.

Photos by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of Estonian National Ballet, special thanks to Linnar Looris

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