Itziar Mendizabal

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet


Spanish dancer Itziar Mendizabal is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2010 as a First Soloist. Her roles with the Company include the Firebird, Tatiana (Onegin), Princess Épine (The Prince of the Pagodas), Tsarina (Anastasia), Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), Madame Moritz (Frankenstein), Gypsy Girl (The Two Pigeons), Myrtha (Giselle), Lilac Fairy, Bluebird and Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty), Helena (The Dream), the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Fairy Godmother (Cinderella), Thérèse Pozzi (Strapless), Empress Elisabeth and Marie Larisch (Mayerling), Lescaut’s Mistress (Manon), Rosaura (Like Water for Chocolate) and roles in Swan Lake, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Woolf Works, Polyphonia, ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels),The Four Temperaments, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Woolf Works, After the Rain and Multiverse

Mendizabal was born in Hodarribia and trained at the Elvira Ubierna and the Víctor Ullate ballet schools. She joined Víctor Ullate Ballet Comunidad de Madrid in 1997, then joined Zürich Ballet as a demi-soloist in 2003. She joined Leipzig Ballet in 2006 as a soloist and was promoted to principal dancer in 2008, before leaving to join The Royal Ballet. Her repertory with Leipzig Ballet included Katerina (The Taming of the Shrew), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Giselle, the Bride (Les Noces) and roles in Symphony in C, Agon and Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring

Mendizabal has appeared as a guest artist with companies including Karlsruhe Ballet, Opéra National de Bordeaux and in Verona, Riga and Bilbao. She was nominated for the 2009 Benois de la danse and that year was named Best New Artist by the Asociación de Profesionales de Danza de Guipúzcoa. 

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