Principal of The Royal Ballet
Marianela Nuñez 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 Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, Forsythe, Kylián, MacMillan, McGregor, Page, Robbins, Scarlett, Tetley, Tuckett, Tudor and 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.
Her 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.
The Sleeping Beauty
Cast as Princess Aurora
Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Petipa’s classic ballet.
The Winter's Tale
Cast as Hermione
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.
Cast as Principal
The music of Tchaikovsky is partnered with sublime choreography in one of Balanchine’s earliest and best-loved works.
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 Marie
Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.
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News and features
What did you think of the live relay of Carlos Acosta's new Royal Ballet production?
Audience tweets about the first night of Carlos Acosta's new production.
Royal Ballet Principals are the focus of 'hybrid documentary' film with specially created choreography by Liam Scarlett.
The National Theatre’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes seven awards.
Christopher Wheeldon's Aeternum, Marianela Nuñez, Bryan Hymel, Gillian Lynne and Stage Management teams nominated.
Artists from Royal Ballet and Royal Opera to perform at Rio’s Theatro Municipal.
Most recent productions
- Tetractys - The Art of Fugue
- The Nutcracker
- Romeo and Juliet
- The Human Seasons
- Don Quixote
- Don Quixote
- Symphony in C
- La Bayadère
- Monotones I and II
- In the Night
- Raymonda Act III
- Swan Lake
- Fool's Paradise
- Metamorphosis: Titian 2012
- Birthday Offering
- The Prince of the Pagodas
- Ballo della regina
- La Fille mal gardée