Accessibility links

  • Home
  • News
  • Monica Mason to retire following curtain down on Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

Monica Mason to retire following curtain down on Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

Final performance of ambitious work marks the end of the Director's tenure.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

20 July 2012 at 3.39pm | 1 Comment

Tonight’s final performance of Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 also brings the curtain down on Monica Mason’s career as Director of The Royal Ballet.

The dancer-turned-Director’s career with the Company has spanned 54 years, both on stage and behind the scenes. Born in South Africa, Monica joined The Royal Ballet in 1958 as the youngest member of the corps de ballet before rising to the rank of Principal, acclaimed for her interpretations of major roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. She also famously created the demanding role of the Chosen Maiden in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring.  On retiring from dancing, she joined the Company’s administrative staff, becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 2002.

Watch a series of interview and rehearsal films featuring Dame Monica.

Following an extensive exhibition focusing on Dame Monica’s career, a selection of photographs featuring her performing can still be seen at the Piazza entrance to the Royal Opera House, opposite the Shop. View an online gallery of these.

Watch a clip of the recent ROH Insights session featuring Dame Monica interviewed by Alan Titchmarsh:

Kevin O’Hare will take over the position of Director of The Royal Ballet for the 2012/13 season.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

20 July 2012 at 3.39pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged director, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, Monica Mason, Production, retirement, Swan Lake, The Rite of Spring, The Sleeping Beauty, various

This article has 1 comment

  1. Monica Mason is one extraordinary woman who always believes in the power of dance and music to touch lives. His contribution to the entertainment industry will always stick to the minds of people who understand the great talents behind every ballet performance. She deserves recognition for her efforts in turning talents into an art.

Comment on this article

Connect with Facebook

Your email will not be published

Website URL is optional