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Guest Artists for 2012/13 season announced

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin to return, Natalia Osipova to debut alongside Carlos Acosta.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

19 July 2012 at 11.30am | 4 Comments

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin will return to the Royal Opera House for three farewell performances of Marguerite and Armand on 12, 15 and 21 February. The pair danced the ballet to acclaim in October 2011.

Natalia Osipova, Principal of the Mikhailovsky Ballet will make her Royal Ballet debut in Swan Lake.  She will dance alongside regular Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta on 10, 13 and 25 October.

Of the appearances, Director Designate of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O'Hare said:

I am delighted to be able to invite Natalia Osipova to appear with the Company for the first time next season and I know that she is really looking forward to appearing in our production of Swan Lake and to working with Carlos Acosta.

I am also delighted that, after her long and distinguished career with the Company, Tamara Rojo is able to accept my invitation to return to make a final farewell to Covent Garden audiences and reprise her performance of Marguerite partnered, as before, by Sergei Polunin.”

Tickets for Swan Lake are currently on sale with public booking for Marguerite and Armand opening on 17 October.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

19 July 2012 at 11.30am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Anthony Dowell, Carlos Acosta, guest artist, Marguerite and Armand, Production, Sergei Polunin, Swan Lake, Tamara Rojo

This article has 4 comments

  1. Jane responded on 19 July 2012 at 1:06pm Reply

    WOW!!!! What great news re Tamara. Marguerite & Armand was breathtaking earlier this season and can't wait to see it again with this great cast.

  2. Sahlen responded on 19 July 2012 at 5:00pm Reply

    I'm sure Osipova will give a great performance, and I'm sure it's a coup for Kevin O'Hare to get her. But the Royal Ballet is already jam-packed with world-class dancers; are celebrity guest artists really necessary, or even desirable? The biggest thrill of watching the RB in recent years, even beyond its fabulously high quality, has been the artistic unity inherent in its tight-knit "company" ethos; it would be a shame to see that begin to erode...

  3. Simon responded on 22 July 2012 at 1:05pm Reply

    There is no comparison between any Ballerina in the Royal with a great Ballerina like Osipova. Anyone who saw Osipova dance Kitri, Medora and Giselle in London with the Bolshoi will know this - that single amazing Giselle when everyone left the theatre literally speechless. You simply cannot compare the two - Osipova is extraordinary, with such a life force and zest for dance when I on the stage. Well done Kevin for inviting her - the company will be inspired by her. Of course the Royal should invite guests so that London audiences can see the great dancers of the world today - most other major companies (Paris, ABT etc) invite guests. This has been sadly lacking at the Royal. This is very exciting news!

  4. Aliana responded on 17 August 2012 at 12:02am Reply

    They should film the Tamara and Serguei performance, it would be so extraordinary. I´m sure the Acosta-Osipova partnership will be breathtaking as well.

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