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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 – The Art of Fugue and ‘See, even Night herself is here’ pas de deux, and created the role of Polixenes (The Winter's Tale).

Videos

News and features

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

18 February 2015

The Director of The Royal Ballet and Director of The Royal Opera on what they're most excited for at the upcoming gala.

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

3 December 2014

Christopher Wheeldon’s Shakespeare-inspired Royal Ballet production features no less than six principal roles.

Your reaction: Manon in cinemas 2014

Your reaction: Manon in cinemas 2014

16 October 2014

What did you think of Kenneth MacMillan's Royal Ballet production, the first cinema relay of the 2014/15 Season?

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon

16 October 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of Manon, including Darcey Bussell and Deborah MacMillan on the choreographer's creative process and Royal Ballet dancers introducing the story and characters of the ballet.

The Royal Ballet’s Manon to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 16 October 2014

The Royal Ballet’s Manon to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 16 October 2014

13 October 2014

Kenneth MacMillan’s 40th-anniversary staging stars Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli.

Photos

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Don Quixote, 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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in DGV

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

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

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

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

Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Laura Morera as Tatiana and Federico Bonelli as Onegin in Onegin

Federico Bonelli in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise

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

Federico Bonelli in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Federico Bonelli as Basilio in Don Quixote

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

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

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Apollo

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in Fool's Paradise.

Federico Bonelli in Onegin

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

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

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

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

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

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