Ioanna Avraam, a Cypriot soloist has been appointed as First Soloist of the Vienna State Opera.
Following a performance of John Cranko’s ballet classic “Onegin,” Avraam, who played the role of Tatiana, was appointed First Soloist by ballet director Martin Schläpfer, the Vienna State Opera said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Ioanna Avraam has developed into an outstanding dancer personality and creates the role of Tatiana with a fascinating intimacy and credibility, danced at the highest technical level. For me, this makes her one of the best, and it is a great pleasure to appoint her First Soloist of the Vienna State Ballet,” said Schläpfer.
Born in Nicosia, Avraam was trained at the Nadina Loizidou Ballet School in Limassol and the Heinz Bosl Foundation/Ballet Academy in Munich.
Her first performances followed with the Diastasis Ballet in Cyprus and the Bavarian State Ballet. In 2008 she was engaged by the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper Ballet, in 2010 she advanced to semi-soloist of the Vienna State Ballet, in 2014 to a soloist and 2022 to the first soloist.
Her extensive repertoire includes the title roles in Elena Tschernischowa’s “Giselle” and Boris Eifman’s “Giselle Rouge”, Tatiana in John Cranko’s “Onegin”, Juliet in Davide Bombana’s “Roméo et Juliette” and Kitri’s girlfriend in Rudolf Nureyev’s “Don Quixote.”
Among others, she also danced Helena in Jorma Elo’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as well as in Nureyev’s “Swan Lake”, “Raymonda” and “The Nutcracker”, in Peter Wright’s “Sleeping Beauty”, Kenneth MacMillan’s “Mayerling” and “Manon”.