12 June 2013 at 4.29pm | 7 Comments
Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009
The Italian dancer joined The Royal Ballet in 1992 and became a Principal in 2003. In her 21 years with The Royal Ballet she's danced major roles in a huge number of classical and contemporary works: appearing in The Firebird, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet as well as creating roles in Wayne McGregor's Infra and Cathy Marston's Tidelines. She also performed as a guest artist with Stuttgart Ballet, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and Scottish Ballet.
Off-stage, Mara founded Dancing For The Children, a charity that raises funds for grass roots charities in Africa.
Mara's farewell as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling completes something of a circle as it was the role she made her Royal Ballet debut. To celebrate this - and to flag our Pointe Shoe Appeal alongside her Mayerling partner Edward Watson - Mara is offering a pair of her performance-worn pointe shoes as a prize in a competition open to those that make a donation of any size to the appeal:
We all wish Mara well for the future.
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