Pietra De Mello-Pittman MBE was a First Artist in The Royal Ballet, at the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, London for thirteen years She retired from Royal Ballet in 2015 with her final performance being Swan Lake.
As a ballerina with the Royal Ballet, Pietra has performed in over ten countries on the world’s largest and most prestigious stages, including The Royal Opera House London, Bolshoi in Moscow, and New York’s Lincoln Centre. Pietra continues to make one-off special performances for Sisters Grimm in their shows.
She joined the Royal Ballet company in March 2003 after 2 years full time training at The Royal Ballet Upper School. Prior to this, she attended St. Catherine's School in Bramley, Surrey and took R.A.D. exams at the Susan Robinson School of Dance, West Byfleet.
Her Royal Ballet Repertoire includes:
Marius Petipa’s: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere Kenneth Macmillan’s: Romeo and Juliet, Anastasia, Manon, Mayerling, Gloria, Requiem, Rite of Spring, Isadora and Prince of Pagodas Frederick Ashton’s: Ondine. Cinderella, Daphnis and Chloe, La Fille Mal Gardee, The Dream, Sylvia, La Valse, Les Rendezvous, Les Patineurs, Tales of Beatrix Potter, Scenes de Ballet, Concerto, Rhapsody and Homage to the Queen (Air). Peter Wright’s: The Nutcracker and Giselle. Filippo Taglioni’s: La Sylphide, Dame Ninette de Valois after Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti: Coppelia. George Balanchine's: Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Jewels- (Emeralds, Rubies, Diamonds), Serenade, Theme and Variation, Tzigane and Ballo de la Regina. Mikhail Fokine’s: The Firebird and Les Sylphides. John Cranko’s: Onegin, Mark Morris’s: Gong, Mats Ek’s: Carmen, Created Roles: Alistair Marriott’s: Sensorium, David Bintley’s: Les Saisons, Christopher Wheeldon’s: Tryst, Alice in Wonderland Christopher Bruce’s: Three Songs Two Voices. Liam Scarlett’s: Diana and Acteon
She has travelled the World with the Royal Ballet and performed in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Daejeong, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Boston, Washington, New York, Orange County, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Madrid, Barcelona, Aspendos, Guadalajara, Puebla, Mexico City, Granada, Cuba & Monte Carlo.
"I am honoured to have worked for so long at the Royal Opera House surrounded by the most talented people with the highest of professional standards across the board from the stage door staff, coffee shop staff, security staff, stage crew, set, costumes, wigs and make up staff, choreographers, ballet staff, healthcare staff, physiotherapists, and of course the incredible dancers. I have such wonderful memories!"