Caterina Beretta


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(b Milan, 8 Dec. 1839; d Milan, 1 Jan. 1911)

Italian dancer and teacher. She danced in the first production of Verdi's opera Les Vêpres siciliennes in Paris in 1853, and was famous as a ballerina throughout Europe, appearing in London as well as in Italy. She was maîtresse de ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg (1877), and also at La Scala (1905–8). Pavlova, Legnani, and Karsavina were among those she taught.

Subjects: Dance.

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