Kevin O’Hare is Director of The Royal Ballet. Appointed in July 2012 following the retirement of Monica Mason, he is responsible for driving the artistic direction of the Company. He is committed to the promotion of outstanding creativity and artistic excellence, developing talent and widening the Company’s performing platform.
O’Hare was born in Yorkshire. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and, through an exchange programme, with Royal Danish Ballet. He began his performing career with The Royal Ballet’s sister company Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, and stayed with that company as a Principal during its transformation to Birmingham Royal Ballet. During this time he performed extensively in the UK and internationally, including as a guest artist with many leading companies. His repertory included all the leading classical roles, such as Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Albrecht (Giselle) and Romeo (in BRB’s first performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet). O’Hare worked with many leading figures in the ballet world, including Ninette de Valois, Peter Wright, Frederick Ashton, MacMillan and David Bintley, and created several roles, including Amynta (Bintley’s Sylvia). He also produced many galas and choreographic evenings.
O’Hare retired from the stage in 2000, entering into a traineeship in company management with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This led to the post of Company Director with BRB in 2001, and in 2004 he joined The Royal Ballet as Company Manager. He was made Administrative Director in 2009 before being appointed to his current role. In 2013 he was appointed to the board of Dance UK.
News and features
16 October 2014
Dancer Melissa Hamilton, soprano Elizabeth Watts, Kevin O’Hare and others celebrate the start of the new Season.
24 September 2014
The Royal Ballet will join forces with four other world-class companies, offering glimpses into morning class and rehearsals, with exclusive interviews.
30 December 2013
The Director of The Royal Ballet picks out his highlights of the year. Do you agree?
24 January 2013
Fashion, dance and photography brought together in works by Rick Guest.
16 August 2012
Productions currently handled by ROH2 to be assimilated by companies under Kasper Holten and Kevin O'Hare.
6 July 2011
Kevin O'Hare to take up the position in July 2012 following the retirement of Dame Monica Mason.
Kevin O'Hare and Melissa Hamilton at the 2014/15 cinema launch © ROH, 2014
Kevin O’Hare © Joe Plimmer
Kevin O’Hare © Joe Plimmer
Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch © Elliott Franks/ROH 2012
Executive and artistic staff of The Royal Ballet at the 2012/13 Season launch © Elliott Franks/ROH 2012
Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten at the Our Extraordinary World Gala © Chris Shipman/ROH
Kevin O'Hare photo by Teri Pengilley
Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet © Sim Canetty-Clarke/ROH