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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.

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 and Onegin (Onegin), Palemon (Ondine), James (La Sylphide, Armand (Marguerite and Armand), Pierrot (Pierrot Lunaire), Des Grieux (Manon), 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 and Acosta’s Carmen.

Videos

News and features

ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

9 December 2015

The Christmas line-up features celebrated Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances, including Carlos Acosta's Carmen and Jonas Kaufmann in Andrea Chénier.

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

2 October 2015

Five hours of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes insights from The Royal Ballet.

World Ballet Day 2015 to take place on 1 October

World Ballet Day 2015 to take place on 1 October

8 September 2015

Five of the world's leading ballet companies including The Royal Ballet will unite for a day of live-streamed rehearsals, interviews and insights.

Photos

Sarah Lamb as Kitri, Federico Bonelli as Basilio in Don Quixote

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

Federico Bonelli photographed for The Language of the Soul

Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein.

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons

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

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

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

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

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

Federico Bonelli and Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works.

Federico Bonelli as Albrecht and Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

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

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Carmen

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

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli 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

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