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Genesia Rosato

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Genesia Rosato in action.
Genesia Rosato in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

English dancer Genesia Rosato is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 1976 and was promoted to Soloist in 1982 and Principal Character Artist in 1993. Her wide repertory has included Lady Capulet and Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), Empress Elisabeth and Helene Vetsera (Mayerling), Myrtha and Bathilde (Giselle), Madge (La Sylphide) and Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty). She created Princess Louise (Mayerling), Natasha (Winter Dreams) and roles in Rhapsody, Gloria, Isadora and Consort Lessons.

Rosato was born in Surrey and trained locally in Chessington before entering The Royal Ballet Upper School aged 15. She was invited to join the Company in 1976 by Kenneth MacMillan and that year danced in The Royal Ballet’s first performance of Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries and created the role of Princess Louise. Over her career with the Company she has danced roles including Mitzi, Marie Larisch and Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country), Fairy Godmother and Fairy Summer (Cinderella), Lilac Fairy and Fairy of Crystal Fountain (The Sleeping Beauty), the Beautiful Tsarevna (The Firebird), Mercedes (Don Quixote) and in Birthday Offering and La Fin du jour.

Rosato appeared as Ludmilla Schollar in the film Nijinsky (1980, directed by Herbert Ross) and has appeared on DVD dancing Carabosse and the Beautiful Tsarevna, among other roles.

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