Carolina Rosati


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(née Galletti; b Bologna, 13 Dec., 1826; d Cannes, May 1905)

Italian dancer. She studied with Blasis and made her debut aged 7. In 1841 she was engaged as prima ballerina at the Teatro di Apollo in Rome also performing in Trieste and Parma in 1843 and dancing with her husband Francesco Rosati at La Scala, Milan, in 1846. A plump, vivacious, and graceful dancer, she was renowned for the precision of her pointe work, also for her expressive mime. She was ballerina at Her Majesty's Theatre, London (1847–9), succeeding Grahn in Perrot's Pas de quatre and also creating roles in several other Perrot ballets, including Les Quatres Saisons (1848), as well as works by P. Taglioni, such as Fiorita (1848) and La prima ballerina (1849). She returned to London several times during the 1850s and between 1853 and 1859 also danced at the Paris Opera where she was apparently the highest paid dancer up to that time. She created roles in several Mazilier ballets including Le Corsaire (1856) and Marco Spada (1857); however, professional jealousy of her rival, Amalia Ferraris, caused her to break her contract and she left to dance at the Bolshoi Theatre, St Petersburg (1859–62), where she created leading roles in several works including Petipa's La Fille du Pharaon (1862) before retiring to France.

Subjects: Dance.

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