- Artistic Director
Marcello Angelini has served as Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director since 1995, following a distinguished career as a principal dancer and guest artist with some of the most renowned troupes in the world. Angelini's studies began at home with his father in Naples, Italy, and continued through graduation from the Kiev Institute of Dance in the former Soviet Union on a special full government scholarship.
His professional career as a dancer began in 1979 at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino where he obtained the status of soloist in 1981. He was a principal dancer with Deutsche Oper Berlin, England's Northern Ballet Theater, Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in Montreal, and the Cincinnati Ballet.
As a guest principal dancer, he has performed with the ballet companies of some of the most prestigious Opera Houses in Italy such as San Carlo Opera House, Rome Opera House, the Arena of Verona in Italy and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He also has performed as principal guest artist with the Basler Ballet in Switzerland, English National Ballet and the Scottish Ballet in the United Kingdom, Ballet Arizona in the USA and Santiago's Teatro Municipal in Chile. He has performed leading roles in most of the classical repertoire, including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Taming of the Shrew, and numerous productions of Cinderella, including that of the late Rudolf Nureyev. His contemporary leading roles include Death in Death and the Maiden and the valet in Birgit Cullberg's Miss Julie. He also has been featured in ballets by Hans Van Manen, Niels Cristie, John Butler, John, Cranko, Kenneth McMillan and most of the George Balanchine repertoire.
He has received numerous awards, both as a dancer and for his achievements as Tulsa Ballet's Artistic director. With his wife, Daniela Buson, he was awarded the Golden Rose for the most promising Italian dancer, the Positano International competition, held in Rome, Italy and broadcasted nationally. In 2002, he was awarded the Governor's Arts Award for individual contribution to the arts in Oklahoma. In that same year, under his leadership, Tulsa Ballet was awarded the Harwelden Award for Non-Profit Organization.
During his tenure with Tulsa Ballet, Angelini has brought to the company's repertoire 25 Oklahoma premieres, six American premieres and six World premieres from internationally renowned choreographers. Mr. Angelini recently debuted the world premiere of Tulsa Ballet's new The Nutcracker to critical acclaim.