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Genesia Rosato retires from The Royal Ballet

Principal Character Artist retires from the Company after 40 years

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

23 February 2016 at 12.21pm | 6 Comments

The Royal Ballet announces today that Principal Character Artist Genesia Rosato retires from the Company after 40 years.

Genesia said, ‘It is time, after spending my whole career with this wonderful Company, to retire from dancing. I have loved my life as a dancer, and I know I will miss working with the many talented and dedicated individuals who make up The Royal Ballet.’

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said, ‘Genesia has been an incredible member of The Royal Ballet for 40 years working with some of the most significant names in British dance history. Over her long career she has made a great contribution to the Company as a dancer and latterly bringing her dramatic gifts to a wide variety of roles in both the classics and heritage works, giving many memorable performances.  We wish her well for the future.'

Genesia was invited by Kenneth MacMillan to join the Company in 1976 and was promoted to Soloist in 1982 and to Principal Character Artist in 1993. On joining she was selected to appear in Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries when it entered the repertory and created the role of Princess Louise in MacMillan’s Mayerling, a ballet in which she went on to perform the roles of Marie Larisch, Mitzi Caspar, the Empress and Helene Vetsera.

Frederick Ashton created parts for her in both Rhapsody and Varii Capricci, and he also chose her to perform three of the roles he had made for Violetta Elvin – the Fairy Summer in Cinderella, Lykanion in Daphnis and Chloë, and Variation 5 in Birthday Offering. A highlight of her career came when he gave her the role of Profane Love in the Company’s first performance of his 1950 ballet Illuminations. She first danced Katya in A Month in the Country when Ashton was still rehearsing the ballet and later danced that ballet’s central role of Natalia Petrovna, coached by its originator Lynn Seymour. She also had the opportunity to work with the Company’s founder, Ninette de Valois, on roles in The Sleeping Beauty.

Genesia’s numerous roles have included Myrtha, Bathilde and Berthe in Giselle; the Lilac Fairy, the Queen, the Countess and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty; Terpsichore in Apollo the Siren in Prodigal Son; the Wife in The Invitation; Lady Capulet and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and the title role in MacMillan’s one-act version of Anastasia.

Her long career with the Company, from early beginnings with MacMillan, saw her work with all subsequent directors Norman Morrice, Anthony Dowell, Ross Stretton, Monica Mason and most recently Kevin O’Hare. The continuity of ballet has often allowed Genesia the chance to play several generations and types of characters within the same ballet, a rich experience that she has treasured.


By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

23 February 2016 at 12.21pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged announcement, Ballet, Genesia Rosato, leaver

This article has 6 comments

  1. Amanda Selby responded on 23 February 2016 at 4:02pm Reply

    Genesia will be greatly missed. A warm lovely personality and artist who has given much pleasure to ROH audiences. Wishing a great artist all the best for an equally great future.

  2. Linda & Louis Tanner responded on 25 February 2016 at 12:28pm Reply

    We have enjoyed Genesia's dancing very much throughout her career. We wish her the best of luck and a wonderful future.

  3. Linda & Louis Tanner responded on 25 February 2016 at 12:57pm Reply

    A wonderful warm dancer and a good friend. Her presence will be missed.

  4. Christian Webb responded on 3 January 2018 at 8:09pm Reply

    My first introduction to ballet was seeing Lesley Collier and Anthony Dowell in The Nutcracker on video disc. As lovely as this version was it was Genesia who captivated me with her sensual poise, elegance and control in the Arabian Dance. Pure magic. The memory still remains. Thank you.

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