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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 has created the role of Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale) and Escamillo (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

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Afternoon of a Faun

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Federico Bonelli in Apollo.

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Apollo

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in DGV

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

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

Federico Bonelli as Onegin in Onegin

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

Federico Bonelli photographed for The Language of the Soul

Federico Bonelli in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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

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

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

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

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

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

Federico Bonelli and Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works.

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

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

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