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A ‘Nutcracker’ debut for Ballet’s new pair

When Petra Conti’s Snow Queen and Eris Nezha’s Snow King glide through the icy forests of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” this season, audiences may notice a little extra heat between the two. Boston Ballet’s newest principal dancers, who arrived from Italy’s Teatro alla Scala mid-October and make their company debut in the holiday favorite, just got married a few months ago. And the honeymoon is clearly not over — not between them, and not with their newly adopted city and artistic family.

“We fell in love with the city and the company. Boston Ballet is something special,” Nezha said in a recent joint interview, the words barely out of his mouth before Conti added her own thoughts. In conversation, their slightly broken, heavily accented sentences tumble over one another.

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