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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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

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

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Afternoon of a Faun

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in DGV

Federico Bonelli in Apollo.

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Apollo

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

Federico Bonelli as Onegin in Onegin

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

Federico Bonelli as Basilio in Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, The Royal Ballet

Swan Lake, Act IV. The Royal Ballet, 2011. Sarah Lamb as Odette and Federico Bonelli as Prince Siegfried

Federico Bonelli as Prince Siegfried and Sarah Lamb as Odette in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Federico Bonelli in DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

Roberta Marquez and Federico Bonelli in La Bayadère, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

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

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Lauren Cuthbertson as Cinderella, Federico Bonelli as the Prince, and artists of the Royal Ballet in Cinderella

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Fool's Paradise.

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.

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

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

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

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Don Quixote