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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 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: Onegin

Your reaction: Onegin

25 January 2015

What did you think of John Cranko's soaring narrative ballet?

Thank you for helping us to reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers!

Thank you for helping us to reach 100,000 YouTube subscribers!

12 December 2014

To mark the milestone, we've picked out some of our favourite Royal Opera House clips to date.

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

4 November 2014

Nominations are decided by a panel of 50 dance writers from across the UK.

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.

Photos

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin

Marianela Nuñez in Tatiana and Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Marienela Nuñez at Kitri and Thiago Soares as Basilio in Don Quixote

Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet

Rupert Pennefather, Laura Morera and Marianela Nuñez in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in rehearsals for 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 at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Marianela Núñez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle in Giselle

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Marianela Nuñez in Viscera.

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

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

Thiago Soares as Romeo and Marianela Nuñez as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

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

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in The Prince of the Pagodas

Marianela Nuñez in Ballo della regina

Rupert Pennefather and Marianela Nunez in Symphony in C

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Manon, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M in Manon, The Royal Ballet