Deborah Bull to leave Royal Opera House in 2012

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Creative director of Covent Garden venue moves on to King's College, London

Deborah Bull is to resign from her position as the Royal Opera House’s creative director in March 2012 after nearly 20 years with the company.

Bull was a principal dancer of the Royal Ballet and joined the executive team in 2002. She helped found ROH2, a programme of alternative theatricial events which have recently included Bonnie Greer's opera Yes.

Bull will leave the theatre to take up the newly created position of director at the King’s Cultural Partners, which will be based in King’s College, London. She will, however, continue to work with the ROH until the end of its Olympic events next year.

Speaking to The Stage newspaper, Bull said:' My mantra at the Royal Opera House has been that you don’t succeed in the arts without failing; it’s a central part of learning. My long term aim at King’s will be to provide a space where people can be brave, think the unthinkable, and try the untryable.'

The Royal Opera’s chief executive Tony Hall said: ‘The fact that the Linbury Studio Theatre now has a clear identity and purpose – producing some outstanding work – and that the Royal Opera House is involved with so many other organisations in the field of opera and dance is a great tribute to Deborah. Her role in transforming the Royal Opera House over the last decade has been enormous.’

Sophia Lambton