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Mara Galeazzi

Guest Artist

Biography

Mara Galeazzi in action.
Mara Galeazzi in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2010

Italian dancer Mara Galeazzi is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist in 1992 aged 18 and was promoted to First Artist in 1995, Soloist in 1998 and Principal in 2003, retiring at the end of the 2012/13 Season. She returned as a Guest Artist in the 2014/15 Season.

Galeazzi was born in Brescia and from the age of ten trained at the school of La Scala, Milan. 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 farewell appearance as a Principal. Since retiring she has returned to The Royal Ballet to create the role of Mother (Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra) and to collaborate in Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works.

Galeazzi is devoted to charitable work. In 2007 she 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

Cast confirmation: Cassandra

Cast confirmation: Cassandra

29 August 2014

Prior to the premiere, dance fans will get rare insight into the rehearsal process and the creation of a new work with Insight event.

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.

Photos

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Mara Galeazzi's final curtain call

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Edward Watson as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Bennet Gartside as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Chroma

Gary Avis, Ludovic Ondiviela and Mara Galeazzi in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence, Aldeburgh Festival, 2013

Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi in Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi and Jonathan Watkins

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Mara Galeazzi, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Núñez in Serenade

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson in Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi

Mara Galeazzi, Hikaru Kobayashi and Genesia Rosato in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Mara Galeazzi

Mara Galeazzi and Edward Watson at the curtain call for Mayerling

Mara Galeazzi's final curtain call

Mara Galeazzi in Giselle

Mara Galeazzi in Serenade

Mara Galeazzi and Ludovic Ondiviela in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Mara Galeazzi in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Edward Watson as Des Grieux and Mara Galeazzi as Manon in Manon

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thiago Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

A portrait of Mara Galeazzi