Renato Zanella received his first training in his hometown Verona before moving on to Centre de Danse International in Cannes where he completed his studies. He made his debut as a choreographer at the Stuttgart Ballet Company where he also did his first full length evening programme, Mann im Schatte, later he became choreographer-in-residence for the Stuttgart Ballet Company. After that he moved to Vienna and became head of the ballet company of Vienna’s State Opera. During his ten-year term in Vienna, he presented close to forty own choreographies. His choreographies for operas have become an increasingly important part of his creative output. He has worked among others at the Festival of Bregenz, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro San Carlos in Lisbon, the Marinski-Theater in St. Petersburg as well as the Opera House of Zurich. Zanella has come up with the choreographies for opera productions staged by Hans Neuenfels, Götz Friedrich, Jürgen Flimm and Günter Krämer.
Some of his more recent engagements includes La Traviata and Faust at the Festival of the Aegean, I Vespri Siciliani with the Greek National Opera and The Merry Widow for the National Theater in Mannheim. Renato Zanella is today ballet director of the Greek National Opera as well as the Director of the ballet company at the Arena di Verona.