Primo Ballerino Etoile
Massimo Murru began studying dance at the La Scala Ballet School, from where he graduated in 1990. He became a member of the Corps de ballet in the same year. In 1994 he was named First Ballet Dancer after his first performance as protagonist in Kenneth MacMillan's L'Histoire de Manon.
Since then he has danced leading roles in classic productions such as The Nutcracker (Nureyev, Poliakov, Hynd); Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella (Nureyev); Giselle (Bart, Ruanne, Guillem, Ek); La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss); La Bayadere (Natalia Makarova); Etudes (Harold Lander); Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth MacMillan).
He has furthermore been the protagonist of Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow opposite Carla Fracci and Susan Jaffe; The Red and the Black (Uwe Scholz); The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko); Winter Dream (Kenneth MacMillan); Marguerite and Armand, A Month in the Country, and Ondine (Ashton); Agon, Apollo, The Four Temperaments, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (George Balanchine).
He became one of the favourite dancers of Roland Petit who chose him to perform in many of his ballets: Carmen, The Bat opposite Alessandra Ferri, Proust, Notre Dame de Paris which made him the first Italian guest étoile to dance at the Paris Opera. Petit composed many works for Massimo Murru: Chéri with Carla Fracci, revived later opposite Dominique Kalfouni and Altinai Assiylmuratova, Bolero to music by Ravel, Swan Lake and its Evil Spells, and the solo The Dead Leaves. Mats Ek entrusted him with the role of Albrecht in Giselle and with that of Don José opposite Sylvie Guillem for the debut of his Carmen in the repertoire of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.
At La Scala he danced the leading role in John Neumeier's Daphnis and Chloe and in William Forsythe's Quartet. Besides at La Scala in Milan and other important Italian theatres, Massimo Murru has danced leading roles in Buenos Aires, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, and Mexico City. He is especially appreciated by Japanese audiences who have been able to see him perform many times over the years at the World Ballet Festival and in productions opposite Alessandra Ferri and Sylvie Guillem. In December 2003 he became Etoile of the Teatro alla Scala.
In March 2004 he was invited to the 4th International Ballet Festival to dance Sleeping Beauty at the Kirov Theatre