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a candle for my son!

Simona Noja
Principal Dancer of the Vienna State Opera Ballet

Born in Huedin, Romania


  • Received her ballet education at the Arts University in Cluj - Napoca
  • 1994 - completed studies in Philology with a State Degree at the University „ Babes- Bolyay “ from Cluj - Napoca

Married, one son


  • 1986-1991 - soloist dancer with the Romanian Opera in Cluj- Napoca
  • 1991-1995 - soloist at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf
  • 1995-1997 - soloist at Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she danced in Roland Petit`s Les Intermittences du Coeur and Ray Barra`s Snow Queen
  • 1995 - joined Vienna State Opera as a principal dancer
  • 1999-2000 - Artistic Director of the Romanian company „Teatrul de balet Oleg Danovski"


  • Odette - Odile in Rudolf Nureyev`s Swan Lake
  • Aurora and Enchanted Princess in Peter Wright`s Sleeping Beauty
  • Hippolyta / Titania in John Neumeier`s Midsummer Night`s Dream
  • Constanze Mozart in Renato Zanella`s Wolfgang Amade
  • Gamzatti in Vladimir Malakov`s and Patrice Bart´s Bayadere
  • The title parts in Nureyev`s Raymonda, John Cranko`s Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan`s Manon and Zanella`s Mata-Hari
  • Dances: George Balanchine`s Apollo, Theme and Variations, Violin Concerto, Tschaikovski- Pas de deux, MacMillan´s Song of the Earth , Hans van Mannen`s Black Cake , M. Balkan` s Don Quijote Roland Petit`s Carmen, Zanella`s Duo Concertante, Movements, Love Beyond, Laus Deo
  • Created the leads in Zanella`s Sacre du Printemps, Thin Air, Alles Walzer, Wiener Blut , Beethoven Opus 7 , Bolero and Nutckracker
  • William Forsythe`s In The Middle…Somewhat Elevated
  • Nils Christe`s Before the Nightfall
  • Heinz Spoerli`s Swan Lake, Giselle, Firebird, Nutckracker, Goldberg Variations, Verklärte Nacht
  • Esmeralda, in the premiere of Notre Dame de Paris, from Roland Petit, beside Manuel Legris (Paris Opera) and Massimo Murru (Scala di Milano ), in Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

Performed with

  • Frankfurter Ballet
  • The Royal Swedish Ballet
  • The Bavarian State Ballet
  • The Romanian State Opera
  • Hannover Ballett
  • Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon

Danced at Gala performances in Luxembourg, Helsinki, Moscow, Arnheim, Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg , Seoul, Miami and with the solo piece Strauss incontra Verdi, created for her by Zanella , in Citta di Castello

Prizes and Awards

  • 1990 - Silver Medal at the 4th International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mss. USA
  • 2001 - Prize Danza&Danza for the best dancer
  • 2002 - Knight of the National Order "Star of Romania"

Established the Cultural Foundation " Simona Noja", to provide assistance to young talents

Photo by Michael Dannenmann


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