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Federico Bonelli

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Federico Bonelli in action.
Federico Bonelli as Albrecht in Giselle, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

Italian dancer Federico Bonelli is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company as a Principal in 2003.

Bonelli was born in Genoa and trained locally and at the Turin Dance Academy. His awards include first prize at the Rieti International Ballet Competition and a Prix de Lausanne scholarship. He joined Zürich Ballet in 1996, promoted to soloist in 1997. He joined Dutch National Ballet in 1999, promoted to principal in 2002.

Bonelli’s repertory with The Royal Ballet includes all the classical ballets, Romeo, Daphnis, Lensky and Onegin (Onegin), Palemon (Ondine), James (La Sylphide, Armand (Marguerite and Armand), Pierrot (Pierrot Lunaire), Des Grieux (Manon), Apollo, Aminta (Sylvia), Jack/Knave of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Malin (Age of Anxiety) and roles in Polyphonia, Agon, Requiem, Tombeaux, Ballet Imperial, Homage to The Queen, Voluntaries, Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Dances at a Gathering, L’Invitation au voyage and Ballo della regina. His role creations for the Company include Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi (Strapless), Victor (Frankenstein) and roles in Chroma, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Live Fire Exercise, Aeternum, The Human Seasons, Tetractys, Woolf Works, Acosta’s Carmen and Multiverse.

Videos

News and features

The Royal Ballet's <em>Nutcracker</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 8 December 2016

The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker to be relayed live to cinemas on 8 December 2016

5 December 2016

A trip to see Peter Wright’s beloved production is the perfect start to the festive season.

<em>Woolf Works</em> Dance Highlight: <em>Pas de deux</em> of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

Woolf Works Dance Highlight: Pas de deux of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

10 November 2016

Wayne McGregor embraces classical lyricism in the first movement of his ballet triptych inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

<em>Anastasia</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 2 November 2016

Anastasia to be relayed live to cinemas on 2 November 2016

28 October 2016

Kenneth MacMillan's dramatic ballet is inspired by the story of Anna Anderson, who believed herself to be the famous Russian princess.

Photos

Federico Bonelli photographed for The Language of the Soul

Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein.

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in In the Night, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons

Francesca Hayward and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon

8 December: Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in The Human Seasons in November 2013

Laura Morera as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Federico Bonelli as The Prince in The Nutcracker

Federico Bonelli in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sarah Lamb as Kitri, Federico Bonelli as Basilio in Don Quixote

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Federico Bonelli, Zenaida Yanowsky, Isabel McMeekan and Deirdre Chapman in Apollo

Isabel McMeekan, Federico Bonelli, Deirdre Chapman and Zenaida Yanowsky in Apollo

Federico Bonelli in Onegin

Federico Bonelli in Diana and Actaeon, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Federico Bonelli as Armand, Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Marguerite and Armand

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Laura Morera as Tatiana and Federico Bonelli as Onegin in Onegin

Laura Morera as Tatiana, and Federico Bonelli as Onegin in Onegin

Voluntaries

Vadim Muntagirov in 'Melancholic', The Four Temperaments, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli and Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works.

Steven McRae as The Creature and Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein.

Federico Bonelli as Albrecht and Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli as Albrecht in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Carmen

Wayne McGregor, Akane Takada and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Tetractys, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon

Thomas Whitehead as Polixenes' Steward and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Federico Bonelli