Francesco Gabriele Frola

Francesco Gabriele Frola 14/15 Photo Credits

Francesco Gabriele Frola. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.


Francesco Gabriele Frola was born in Aosta, Italy and trained at Professione Danza Parma in Italy, The School of the Hamburg Ballet in Germany and Fomento Artistico Cordobés in Mexico. Mr. Frola joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2010 and became a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2012.   

Mr. Frola's repertoire includes roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Onegin, A Month in the Country, Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Fille mal gardée, Nijinsky, The Four Seasons, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Theme and Variations and Spectre de la Rose. Recently, he debuted as Lescaut in Manon by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and in the title role in Nijinsky by John Neumeier. 

Mr. Frola was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada in 2014. In 2012, he won the Silver Medal at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition and the Bronze Medal in the International Ballet Competition in Cuba in 2010. Mr. Frola was also a semi-finalist Prix de Lausanne in 2008 and received the prize for Best Male at the Grand Prix Pavlova in 2006 and 2003. 

Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.


“Francesco Gabriele Frola made a show-stopping debut as Lescaut on Saturday night with dancing that combined athletic bravura — what a buoyant jump — with an easeful nonchalance entirely befitting the character. And the man can act. You’d think Frola had been dancing the role for years.” Toronto Star, 2014 

“Corps de Ballet member Francesco Gabriele Frola (who looks like a young Rudolf Nureyev)... [made] his debut as Lescaut opening night. It’s a meaty role for a young dancer and Frola is compelling throughout” National Post, 2014 

 A Month in the Country 
“Special mention should be made of Frola, a representative of the virtuoso technical whiz kids whom artistic director Karen Kain is bringing into the company.” The Globe and Mail, 2014