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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, Tetractys, ‘See, even Night herself is here’ pas de deux and Woolf Works, and created the role of Polixenes (The Winter's Tale).

Videos

News and features

<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’

26 May 2015

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

Watch: Choreographer Wayne McGregor, dramaturg Uzma Hameed and Royal Ballet dancers on <em>Woolf Works</em>

Watch: Choreographer Wayne McGregor, dramaturg Uzma Hameed and Royal Ballet dancers on Woolf Works

8 May 2015

Writer Bonnie Greer chairs a discussion of Wayne’s new ballet, which is inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Watch: Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works

Watch: Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works

5 May 2015

Former Royal Ballet Principal Alessandra Ferri returns as a Guest Artist to create the role of Virginia Woolf/Clarissa Dalloway.

Photos

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

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

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons

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

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

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

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

Voluntaries

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

Federico Bonelli and Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works.

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

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,

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Federico Bonelli as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Federico Bonelli

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in DGV

Mara Galeazzi, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Núñez in Serenade

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet

Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand

Voluntaries

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli with artists of The Royal Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet