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Marianela Nuñez

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

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.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: Ashton Mixed Programme 2014

Your Reaction: Ashton Mixed Programme 2014

22 October 2014

Audience comments from the first night of works by Frederick Ashton, including Scènes de ballet and Symphonic Variations.

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.

Watch: Highlights from World Ballet Day

Watch: Highlights from World Ballet Day

10 October 2014

Another chance to watch Royal Ballet daily class in full, rehearsals, interviews and more.

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

World Ballet Day programme: What's in store during the day-long live-stream on 1 October 2014

24 September 2014

The Royal Ballet will join forces with four other world-class companies, offering glimpses into morning class and rehearsals, with exclusive interviews.

Photos

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut, Marianela Núñez as Manon and Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M. in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M., Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Federico Bonelli as Des Grieux and Marianela Nuñez as Manon in Manon © ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Marianela Núñez as Hermione and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Marianela Nuñez and Rupert Pennefather in Serenade © ROH / Johan Persson 2008

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Ryoichi Hirano and Marianela Nuñez in Serenade, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Marianela Nuñez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Bennet Gartside as Leontes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act III of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Bennet Gartside as Leontes, Valeri Hristov as Polixenes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nunez in Apollo © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Apollo ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora and Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund in The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

8 December: Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in The Human Seasons in November 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels © ROH/Tristam Kenton, 2012

Carlos Acosta, Thiago Soares, Marianela Nuñez and Bryan Hymel at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch © ROH

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch © ROH

Marianela Nuñez at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch © ROH

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013