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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

Federico Bonelli joined The Royal Ballet 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).

Born in Genoa, he 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.

Bonelli's first appointment after graduating was with Zürich Ballet, which he joined in 1995. It was at Zürich Ballet that he met his wife, Royal Ballet First Soloist Hikaru Kobayashi. Bonelli moved to Dutch National Ballet in 1999, and was promoted to principal in 2002, before moving to The Royal Ballet as one of Monica Mason's first Principal appointments the following year. 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

The Male Virtuoso

The Male Virtuoso

7 February 2014

A look at the development of the male dancer.

Your reaction: Romeo and Juliet

Your reaction: Romeo and Juliet

22 October 2013

What did you think of the return of Kenneth MacMillan's Shakespearean Royal Ballet production?

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

27 September 2013

Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.

Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

16 March 2013

Audience tweets about the return of Christopher Wheeldon's fantastical ballet.

Royal Opera House heads to Brazil

Royal Opera House heads to Brazil

12 February 2013

Artists from Royal Ballet and Royal Opera to perform at Rio’s Theatro Municipal.

Listen: Federico Bonelli in Conversation

Listen: Federico Bonelli in Conversation

10 October 2012

The Italian Principal Dancer speaks about his career to date and thoughts on narrative ballets.

Photos

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

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

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

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

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH/The Ballet Bag 2012

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH/The Ballet Bag 2012

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Fool's Paradise. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Federico Bonelli in Onegin © ROH/Bill Cooper

Federico Bonelli in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Federico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011