Principal of The Royal Ballet
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).
The Winter's Tale
Cast as Polixenes
The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.
DGV: Danse à grande vitesse
Cast as Principal
Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.
Cast as Eddy
Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.
Cast as Oberon
Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet.
Cast as Des Grieux
Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cast as Jack/The Knave of Hearts
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.
Cast as Basilio
Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.
News and features
A look at the development of the male dancer.
Federico Bonelli replaces Nehemiah Kish in Giselle.
What did you think of the return of Kenneth MacMillan's Shakespearean Royal Ballet production?
Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.
Audience tweets about the return of Christopher Wheeldon's fantastical ballet.
Artists from Royal Ballet and Royal Opera to perform at Rio’s Theatro Municipal.
Most recent productions
- The Winter's Tale
- The Sleeping Beauty
- Tetractys - The Art of Fugue
- The Nutcracker
- The Human Seasons
- Don Quixote
- Romeo and Juliet
- Raven Girl
- Symphony in C
- La Bayadère
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- Marguerite and Armand
- Monotones I and II
- In the Night
- Swan Lake
- Fool's Paradise
- Metamorphosis: Titian 2012
- Birthday Offering
- The Prince of the Pagodas
- Ballo della regina