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 was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2018. In addition to being promoted to Principal Dancer, Mr. Frola will dance with both The National Ballet of Canada and the English National Ballet next season as a Principal Dancer.
Mr. Frola’s roles include the title role in Nijinsky, Albrecht in Giselle, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker and Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty. His other roles include Lensky in Onegin, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, James in La Sylphide, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Lescaut in Manon. He has also danced roles in Swan Lake, A Month in the Country, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Fille mal gardée, The Four Seasons, Allegro Brillante, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Chroma, Theme and Variations, A Streetcar Named Desire, Pinocchio, Spectre de la Rose, Piano Concerto #1 and Carousel (A Dance).
"Francesco Gabriele Frola excelled as a devoted Florizel, stealing the spotlight with his prodigious footwork during the harvest festivities in Bohemia."
In 2015, Mr. Frola was awarded the Rolex Dancers First Award for his performance of the title role in Nijinsky and Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty and the Patron Award of Merit 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 at 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.
Born: Aosta, Italy
Trained: Professione Danza Parma in Italy, The School of The Hamburg Ballet in Germany and Fomento Artistico Cordobés in Mexico
Principal Dancer with English National Ballet: 2018
Principal Dancer since: 2018
“We were seduced by the appearance of the glamourous golden slave embodied by Francisco Gabriele Frola”
— Concert Classic
The Winter’s Tale
“When… Florizel (Francesco Gabriele Frola), cuts loose in a circuit of jumps — this high-energy outpouring is a climax for the audience… Each of those jumps is different, and seems a poetic part of Florizel’s rapture.”
— The New York Times
“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