They're early - we usually have to wait until after the tour! It's been on the ROH website since Thursday apparently, but here's the link:
Promotions (with effect from the beginning of the 2005/06 season)
Edward Watson is promoted to Principal
Gary Avis is promoted to Principal Character Artist
Jose Martin is promoted to First Soloist
Victoria Hewitt, Bethany Keating, Natasha Oughtred, Gemma Sykes, Rupert Pennefather, Johannes Stepanek and Joshua Tuifua are promoted to Soloists.
Laura McCulloch, Paul Kay and Steven McRae are promoted to First Artists.
Joiners (with effect from the beginning of the 2005/06 season)
Demelza Parish, Gemma Pitchley-Gale, Sabina Westcombe, Xander Parish, Liam Scarlett (graduates of the Royal Ballet School) and Vito Mazzeo (graduate of La Scala Ballet School) join as Artists.
Kate Shipway joins as a Company Pianist
Marcelo Ribeiro will join as Company Masseur on a 3 months contract
Marie Doutrepont will be leaving, at her own request, at the end of this current season.
Philip Gammon retires at the end of this season but will return next season as a Principal Guest Pianist
Luis Cano, Company Masseur, will be leaving , at his own request, at the end of this current season.
Am pleased - I don't think any of the promotions are a surprise given that they've been a long time coming or are obvious up-and-comers. Congrats to them all
Royal Ballet Promotions, Joiners, Leavers
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