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The Royal Ballet has just announced promotions, joiners and leavers for the 2013/14 Season.

Melissa Hamilton has been promoted to First Soloist.

Melissa Hamilton

Olivia Cowley, Elizabeth Harrod and Fumi Kaneko have all been promoted to Soloist.

Olivia Cowley

Olivia Cowley

Elizabeth Harrod

Fumi Kaneko

NOTA: Fumi Kaneko is the girl in the rehearsal video of the Nutcracker.

Hayley Forskitt, Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer have been promoted to First Artists.

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in “Infra”

Annette Buvoli and David Donnelly will join as Artists from The Royal Ballet School.

Masaya Yamamoto joins The Royal Ballet from the Prix de Lausanne.

Masaya Yamamoto

Masaya Yamamoto

As previously announced, Natalia Osipova joins the company as Principal, and Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Luca Acri and Marcelino Sambé joined as Artists during the 2012/2013 Season.

Leaving the company are Principals : Mara Galeazzi, Leanne Benjamin, Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg.


Very sad news for one of the showpiece productions of the forthcoming Royal Opera season. One of Giuseppe Verdi’s lesser known operas Les vepres siciliennes (I vespri siciliani), it has never been performed at Covent Garden and was due to feature a 40-minute lavish ballet on the theme of the four seasons. The new staging, a co-production between the Royal Opera and the Royal Danish Opera, was to have featured principals of both The Royal Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet in choreography by Kobborg.

As a result of artistically differing approaches to the project between Johan Kobborg and director Stefan Herheim, Johan Kobborg and The Royal Ballet will no longer be working on this production. In the official press statement released last friday, ROH assured there would still be ” a strong element of dance in the production” even though it will be performed by freelance dancers.

The production, which opens on the 17th of October, will be conducted by musical director Antonio Pappano and is one of the most anticipated of the season, celebrating the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth.

All in all, a very unpleasant event, concerning one of the most talented and renowned ballet dancers and coreographers, Johan Kobborg, who already announced his departure from Royal Ballet together with partner Alina Cojocaru.

Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg in “Mayerling”, announced to be their last performance as members of the Royal Ballet.

Here is the official statement by ROH on this subject.