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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, Onegin, Palemon (Ondine), James (La Sylphide, Armand (Marguerite and Armand), Pierrot (Pierrot Lunaire), Des Grieux (Manon), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), 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

Cast changes: The Nutcracker and Giselle 2018

4 January 2018
Cast changes: <em>The Nutcracker</em> and <em>Giselle</em> 2018

Principal casting has been changed for performances on 5 and 20 January, and 5 February.

How Fonteyn and Nureyev's electric partnership turned Marguerite and Armand into a ballet icon

24 May 2017
How Fonteyn and Nureyev's electric partnership turned <em>Marguerite and Armand</em> into a ballet icon

The pair's unique chemistry elevated Ashton's ballet to the point it became sacred to other dancers – only recently has that begun to change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons

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 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

Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Federico Bonelli in David Dawson's The Human Seasons

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

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

Federico Bonelli and Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works.

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,

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Carmen

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

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