2017–18 Season: Lola Montez in Girls of the Golden West
Making her San Francisco Opera debut as Lola Montez in Girls of the Golden West, dancer Lorena Feijoo trained at Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba. She danced with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Ballet of Monterrey, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and the Joffrey Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 1999. Her major roles there include Giselle in Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle; Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, Queen of the Snow, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Aurora in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty; Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Bianca in Lubovitch’s Othello; and Goddess Diana in Morris’ Sylvia. She created principal roles in Tomasson’s Blue Rose and On Common Ground; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Tears; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, Fusion, Reflections, Study in Motion, Swimmer, and Talk to Her (Hable con ella); Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries; Wheeldon’s Quaternary and Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin.
As a guest artist, Feijoo has performed extensively, including Pas de Deux from Don Quixote at the Benois de la Danse Gala at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 2011; Garcia’s Majismo at the American Ballet Theatre gala honoring José Manuel Carreño in 2011; and in ACT’s The Tosca Project in San Francisco in 2010. Feijoo was nominated for the Benois de la Danse Award in 2011 and received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote in 2003.