Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet School in 1997 and the next year graduated into the Company. After 18 months she was promoted to First Soloist and in 2002 to Principal, aged 20. She has performed all the leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertory, including in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Glen Tetley, Will Tuckett, Antony Tudor and Christopher Wheeldon.
Nuñez was born in Buenos Aires and began dancing at the age of three. When she was six she began training at the Teatro Colón Ballet School, joining the Teatro Colón company aged 14. She took on corps and soloist roles and toured internationally, both with the company and as a guest artist with Maximiliano Guerra.
Nuñez's awards include Best Female Dancer at the Critics' Circle Dance Awards in 2006 and 2013. She received the 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in recognition of her performances in Viscera and in roles created on her in Aeternum and in 'Diana and Actaeon' (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012). She is married to Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares, who proposed between curtain calls for a performance of The Sleeping Beauty in which he had danced Prince Florimund to Nuñez's Princess Aurora.
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Thiago Soares as Onegin and Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana in Onegin
Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet
Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M., Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut in Manon
Nehemiah Kish as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon
Samantha Raine, Marianela Nuñez, Romany Pajdak and artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade, The Royal Ballet
Rupert Pennefather, Laura Morera and Marianela Nuñez in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet
Marianela Nuñez and artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet
Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote
Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote
Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote
Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle
Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum
Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Apollo
Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II
Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.
Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund and Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty.
Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in Birthday Offering.
Marianela Nunez in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.
Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in The Prince of the Pagodas
Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Ballo Della Regina
Marianela Nunez in Raymonda Act III
George Lamb interviewing Marianela Nunez at Royal Ballet Live
Marianela Nuñez and Sergei Polunin in Ballo della Regina
Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in Jewels
La Fille mal gardée (The Royal Ballet, April 2012)
Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin
Marianela Nuñez in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet
Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet
Marienela Nuñez at Kitri and Thiago Soares as Basilio in Don Quixote
Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet
Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet
Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut, Marianela Núñez as Manon and Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M. in Manon
Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Nehemiah Kish as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet
Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet
Kenta Kura and Marianela Nuñez in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet