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Marianela Nuñez

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Marianela Nuñez in action.
Marianela Nuñez in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper 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).

Videos

News and features

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

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.

National Dance Awards 2015 nominations announced

National Dance Awards 2015 nominations announced

30 October 2015

Royal Ballet dancers and choreographers are nominated for 14 awards this year.

Photos

Valeri Hristov, Marianela Nuñez and Edward Watson in Monotones II, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Carmen

Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares photographed for What Lies Beneath

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

Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut, Marianela Núñez as Manon and Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M. in Manon

La Fille mal gardée (The Royal Ballet, April 2012)

Thiago Soares as Onegin and Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana in Onegin

Vadim Muntagirov as Lensky in Onegin

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez as Lise, Carlos Acosta as Colas and artists of The Royal Ballet in La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta as The Messenger of Death, Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares in Song of the Earth

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli and Mayara Magri in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in rehearsal for Carmen, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Nehemiah Kish as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet

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

Marianela Nuñez and artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Núñez as Hermione and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Leontes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act III of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Apollo

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons

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

Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in rehearsals for Don Quixote

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

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle

Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora and Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund in The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odile in Swan Lake

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels

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