Silvia Azzoni is an Italian ballet dancer, who studied at the Baletna Skola in Turin and Hamburg Ballet School, where her teachers were Dragica Zach, Marianne Kruuse, Ilse Wiedmann and Kevin Haigen. In 1993, she joined the Hamburg Ballet, becoming a soloist in 1996, and in 2001 a principal dancer. Her repertoire includes the leading roles in ballets created by John Neumeier: Pallas Athena and Nausikaa (Odyssey), Chloe (Daphnis and Chloe), Ballerina (Petrushka), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Marguerite and Manon Lescaut (The Lady of the Camellias), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Aurora, The Good Fairy and Princess Florine (The Sleeping Beauty), Marie (The Nutcracker), Cinderella and a Stepsister (A Cinderella Story), Giselle (Giselle), Elaine (The Saga of King Arthur), Rosalind (As You Like It), Romola Nijinsky (Nijinsky), Constanze Weber (Windows on MOZART), and Nina Saretschnaja (The Seagull). Her repertoire also includes ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Mats Ek, Christopher Wheeldon and Jiří Bubeníček. As a guest ballerina she performs in Munich, Moscow, Milan, Tokyo, Warsaw, Vienna, Cremona, Verona, Macerata, Taormina, New York, and Australia. She is married to dancer Oleksandr Riabko.