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Federico Bonelli

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Federico Bonelli in action.
Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Italian dancer Federico Bonelli is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company as a Principal in 2003. He is best known for his danseur noble roles with the Company, winning particular acclaim for his performances of Romeo, Armand, Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince (The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty) and Des Grieux (Manon).

Bonelli was born in Genoa and trained at the Turin Dance Academy under both Italian teachers and visiting Cuban teachers. Their involvement led to his participation at the International Ballet Festival of Havana, at which he won second prize. Other awards include first prize at the Rieti International Ballet Competition in Italy, a Prix de Lausanne scholarship, the 2005 Positano Prix for Ballet and a nomination for Best Male Dancer at the 2007 Critics' Circle Awards.

In 1995 Bonelli graduated into Zürich Ballet. He moved to Dutch National Ballet in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2002. His debut with the Company was as Romeo, opposite Mara Galeazzi's Juliet. In 2005 he became the third man to dance Armand (after Rudolf Nureyev and Jonathan Cope). In addition to dancing classical roles, Bonelli has created roles in new works such as Chroma, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Live Fire Exercise, Aeternum and Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, and created the role of Polixenes (The Winter's Tale).

Videos

News and features

Your reaction: Manon in cinemas 2014

Your reaction: Manon in cinemas 2014

16 October 2014

What did you think of Kenneth MacMillan's Royal Ballet production, the first cinema relay of the 2014/15 Season?

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon

16 October 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of Manon, including Darcey Bussell and Deborah MacMillan on the choreographer's creative process and Royal Ballet dancers introducing the story and characters of the ballet.

The Royal Ballet’s Manon to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 16 October 2014

The Royal Ballet’s Manon to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 16 October 2014

13 October 2014

Kenneth MacMillan’s 40th-anniversary staging stars Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli.

Watch: Highlights from World Ballet Day

Watch: Highlights from World Ballet Day

10 October 2014

Another chance to watch Royal Ballet daily class in full, rehearsals, interviews and more.

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

24 September 2014

The Royal Ballet will join forces with four other world-class companies, offering glimpses into morning class and rehearsals, with exclusive interviews.

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

5 September 2014

Filming Royal Ballet dancers at 1,500 frames-per-second offers a unique glimpse of the tiny nuances of technique.

Photos

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon © ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Thomas Whitehead as Polixenes' Steward and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Francesca Hayward and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

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

Roberta Marquez and Federico Bonelli in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Laura Morera as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Federico Bonelli as The Prince in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Laura Morera as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Federico Bonelli as The Prince in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Federico Bonelli

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Sarah Lamb as Kitri, Federico Bonelli as Basilio in Don Quixote © ROH.Johan Persson 2013

Federico Bonelli as Basilio in Don Quixote © ROH.Johan Persson 2013

Laura Morera as Tatiana, and Federico Bonelli as Onegin in Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in In the Night, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Federico Bonelli in Diana and Actaeon, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012.

Lauren Cuthbertson as Cinderella, Federico Bonelli as the Prince, and artists of the Royal Ballet in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012