Mara Galeazzi

Mara Galeazzi (born 1973)[1] is an Italian ballet dancer. She was a Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet.[2]

Mara Galeazzi
Born1973 (age 46–47)
Brescia, Italy
OccupationBallet dancer
Years active1992-present
Former groupsThe Royal Ballet

Early lifeEdit

Galeazzi was born in Brescia, Italy. At age 10, she started ballet training at La Scala Theatre Ballet School, where she graduated full marks.[2][3]


In 1992, at age 18, Galeazzi joined The Royal Ballet as an Artist. At the time, she didn't speak any English or know anyone in the company. The following year, while the company was on tour, she replaced an injured dancer as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling, with the approval of choreographer Kenneth MacMillan.[4] She was promoted to First Artist in 1995, Soloist in 1998 and Principal in 2003. Her most notable roles in the company include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the title role in Anastasia, Tatiana in Onegin, the title role in The Firebird and the title role in Giselle.[2] She has worked with choreographer such as Cathy Marston, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian and William Forsythe, though she had never originated roles in MacMillan's works.[4] Some of her performances were broadcast by the BBC.[3]

On Galeazzi's performance in Onegin, The Guardian noted her dancing "truly register the churning of the lovers' guts and the scorched sensitivity of their nerve endings."[5] The Guardian also noted Galeazzi's portrayal of Mary Vetsera in Mayerling "is a terrifying blend of the naive and depraved"[6]

As a guest artist, she performed in Italy, Germany and Scotland, including her hometown, Brescia. She has danced with Irek Mukhamedov, Carlos Acosta, Tetsuya Kumakawa and Edward Watson'[3][7]

In 2013, Galeazzi left the Royal Ballet, in order to move to Oman to be with her husband, focus on new projects, teaching and charity works. She performed her final performance at the Royal Opera House in 13 June, dancing Mary Vetsera in Mayerling, with Edward Watson as her Rudolf. However, her final performance with the company is Manon in Monaco.[7][8]

In 2014, Galeazzi returned to the Royal Ballet to dance the role of the mother in Ludovic Ondiviela's Cassandra at the Linbury Studio Theatre. Later, Galeazzi was asked by Wayne McGregor to cover for the leading role in Woolf Works, which was created on Alessandra Ferri. Though the work premiered in 2015, Galeazzi did not perform it until 2017.[4] She also founded dance company M&T in Motion with Australian choreographer Tim Podesta. In 2016 she made her choreograph debut, which is a piece called Remembrance.[2]

Selected repertoireEdit

Maleazzi's repertoire with The Royal Ballet includes:[3][4]

Created roles

  • Infra
  • Mr Worldly Wise
  • Souvenir
  • Puirt-A-Beul
  • Two Part Invention
  • When We Stop Talking
  • Cheating, Lying, Stealing
  • Tidelines
  • This House Will Burn
  • La Grêle in Les Saisons
  • On Public Display
  • Eden
  • The Mother in Cassandra

Charity workEdit

In 2005, Galeazzi organised a fundraising gala in Brescia for the research into child leukaemia. In 2007, she founded Dancing for the Children, to help children with HIV in Africa. She had since organise other galas in Africa, London and Italy, for causes including Syrian refugees.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Galeazzi is married and has a daughter. Her husband is the Head of Operations of Royal Opera House Muscat. They live in Muscat, Oman. She had suffered from a form of kidney disease while she was dancing.[4]




  1. ^ "Mara Galeazzi". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mara Galeazzi". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Biography". Mara Galeazzi. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Interview – Mara Galeazzi on Woolf Works, her wider career and dancing on…". DanceTaps. 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Onegin". The Guardian. 17 July 2002.
  6. ^ "Royal Ballet: Mayerling". The Guardian. 11 April 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Reviving Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling: a Royal Ballet milestone". Royal Opera House. 12 May 2017. Archived from the original on 11 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Mara Galeazzi and Jonathan Watkins to leave The Royal Ballet". Royal Opera House. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.

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