Italian choreographer and dancer Stefano Giannetti studied in Rome, Paris and Cannes.

He was engaged by the Hamburg Ballet under John Neumeier in 1983 and by the Basle Ballet under Heinz Spoerli in 1985.

In 1986, he joined the London Festival Ballet under Peter Schaufuss (today English National Ballet) and was soon appointed a soloist.

Having been a Principal dancer with the Zürich Ballet under Uwe Scholz in the 1988-89 season, Giannetti returned to the English National Ballet in 1989.

In 1990, he was engaged as a Principal at the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

Stefano Giannetti began his career as a choreographer in the early 1980s.

He received  the Premio Nazionale Danza prize in 1981, and the same year the RAI televised his work ”The Stone Flower”.

He was also awarded the ”Leonide Massine” Prize in Positano (Italy) in 1992 and in September 2000.

Choreographies created by Stefano Giannetti have been performed by the Hamburg Ballet (”Concerto” and ”Glinka Divertissement”), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (”La Valse”, ”Hommage an Mozart”, ”Twins”, ”The Miracle of the Rose”, ”Atemlos”, ”Rosenkavalier”, ”Salome”, ”Ohdaiko” and ”Blue Eyes, Black Hair”), the Norwegian National Ballet (”Bal de Vienne” based on Strauss‘s operetta ”Die Fledermaus”), the National Dance Academy in Rome (”Belkis”), the Arena di Verona Ballet (”The two gentlemen of Verona”), the Miami Ballet Festival (”Scherzo-Fuga”), the Finnish National Ballet (”Symphony No.5”), the Theater Hof (”Werther”, ” Alice in Wonderland”). Stefano Giannetti has also worked in many Opera productions with, a. o.: Götz Friedrich, Hans Neuenfels (Deutsche Oper Berlin) Marta Domingo, Jürgen Rose (Oper Bonn) and Grischa Asagaroff Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Nicolas Joël (Opernhaus Zürich).

After working as Ballet Master at the Semperoper Dresden under Vladimir Derevianko (1998-1999), Stefano Giannetti was artistic director of the Northern Ballet Theatre in Britain (1999-2000) and his ballet ”Great Expectations” has been performed over a hundred times in England.

In 2004 he founded Uomo Danza, a center specialized in male ballet training in Berlin.

From 2006 to 2015 he was Ballet Director and Choreographer at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in Germany, where he created: ”Carmen”; ”Glass'Violin Concerto”; ”Hommage an Mozart”; ”Giacomo Casanova”; ”The Nutcracker”; ”Duke Ellington Forever”; ”Rumpelstilzchen”; ”Pulcinella”; ”The Firebird”; ”Hommage to the Ballets Russes”; ”Swan Lake”; ”Sleeping Beauty”; ”Carmina Burana”; ”Engelslieder”; ”The Prince of the Pagodas”; ”The Four Seasons”; ”Bolero”; ”Chopin” etc.

From 2015, Giannetti worked as a freelance choreographer for various companies and theatres such as the Bayerische Staatsoper in München, Landestheater Niederbayern, National Academy of Dance, Rom etc., and since 2019 he is Ballet Director at the Anhaltischen Theater, Dessau in Germany.