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.
Recently, Mr. Frola debuted as Kolia in A Month in the Country by Sir Frederick Ashton and danced in the
North American premiere of Spectre de la
Rose by Marco Goecke. His repertoire also includes roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Onegin, 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 Carmen.
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.
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
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