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Mara Galeazzi

Biography

Mara Galeazzi joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 1992 aged 18. She was promoted to First Artist in 1995, Soloist in 1998 and Principal in 2003. In February 2013 she announced her decision to retire at the end of the 2012/13 Season to move to Oman to join her husband (formerly a stage technician at the Royal Opera House and now Deputy Stage Manager at the Muscat Royal Opera House) and to pursue other projects.

Galeazzi was born in Brescia, Italy, and trained at the school of La Scala, Milan, from the age of ten. She was awarded a Cavaliere del Lavoro medal in 2009 and the Positano Prize in 2008. Signature roles with The Royal Ballet included Juliet, the Firebird, Giselle, Gamzatti (La Bayadère) and Mary Vetsera (Mayerling) – the role in which she made her last appearance at Covent Garden opposite Edward Watson’s Crown Prince Rudolf. The performance on 13 June 2013 was projected live on BP Big Screens and seen by 6,000 people across the UK.

Galeazzi is devoted to charitable work and in 2007 founded Dancing for the Children, a charity that raises funds for charities in South Africa and Kenya that fight the spread of diseases such as AIDS and help under-privileged children explore the joys of dance.

Videos

News and features

Pointe Shoes Appeal 2013 competition winner announced

Pointe Shoes Appeal 2013 competition winner announced

5 July 2013

One donor wins a signed pair of Mara Galeazzi's pointe shoes, worn at her final Covent Garden performance.

Your reaction: Mayerling on BP Big Screens

Your reaction: Mayerling on BP Big Screens

14 June 2013

A selection of your tweets and picnic pics from the first of this year's outdoor relays, which saw Mara Galeazzi's farewell.

Farewell to The Royal Ballet's Mara Galeazzi

Farewell to The Royal Ballet's Mara Galeazzi

12 June 2013

Send us your best wishes for Mara and make a gift to our Pointe Shoes Appeal for the chance to win a pair of the shoes worn in her final performance.

Your chance to watch must-see productions

Your chance to watch must-see productions

12 June 2013

Boxes still available for summer productions, including Mara Galeazzi and Leanne Benjamin’s final performances.

Watch: How dancers prepare their shoes for the stage

Watch: How dancers prepare their shoes for the stage

10 June 2013

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson give a behind the scenes look at a vital process as part of our Pointe Shoe Appeal

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi team up to launch Pointe Shoes Appeal

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi team up to launch Pointe Shoes Appeal

22 April 2013

Dancers offer an insight into a vital aspect of their performance.

Photos

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson in Mayerling © ROH/Johan Persson, 2005

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © Aldeburgh Music / Rob Marrison 2014

Mara Galeazzi

Bennet Gartside as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Bennet Gartside as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling © ROH / Ruairi Watson

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling © ROH / Ruairi Watson

Mara Galeazzi's final curtain call © ROH / Ruairi Watson

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling © ROH / Ruairi Watson

Mara Galeazzi's final curtain call © ROH / Ruairi Watson

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2008

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2008

Mara Galeazzi in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper

Mara Galeazzi and Jonathan Watkins © Bill Cooper, 2009 / ROH/ Johan Persson, 2012

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Mayerling © Bill Cooper / ROH 2009

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux © Dee Conway/ROH 2004

A portrait of Mara Galeazzi © Paul Smith/ROH 2011

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Chroma © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Mara Galeazzi, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Núñez in Serenade © ROH / Johan Persson 2009

Mara Galeazzi in Serenade © ROH / Johan Persson 2009

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2008

Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Thiago Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux © Dee Conway/ROH 2004

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux © Dee Conway/ROH 2004

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux © Dee Conway/ROH 2004

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux © Dee Conway/ROH 2004

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux © Dee Conway/ROH 2004