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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

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

18 February 2015

The Director of The Royal Ballet and Director of The Royal Opera on what they're most excited for at the upcoming gala.

Cast Changes: Swan Lake on 19 and 21 February 2015

Cast Changes: Swan Lake on 19 and 21 February 2015

17 February 2015

Cast changes in effect for roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried.

Cast change: Marianela Nuñez to dance in Swan Lake on 10 and 14 February 2015

Cast change: Marianela Nuñez to dance in Swan Lake on 10 and 14 February 2015

9 February 2015

Marianela Nuñez to replace Sarah Lamb in the role of Odette/Odile.

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.

Photos

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

Vadim Muntagirov as Lensky in Onegin

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

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

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

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

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 Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in The Human Seasons

Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Aeternum

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 and Carlos Acosta in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Mara Galeazzi, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Núñez in Serenade

Marianela Núñez and Rupert Pennefather in Serenade

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle

Marianela Nunez in Apollo

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Marianela Nuñez in Viscera.

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

Thiago Soares as The Prince and Marianela Nuñez as Cinderella in Cinderella

Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund and Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty.

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

Marianela Nuñez and The Royal Ballet in Diana and Actaeon. Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

The Prince of the Pagodas

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Ballo Della Regina

George Lamb interviewing Marianela Nunez at Royal Ballet Live

Marianela Nuñez and Sergei Polunin in Ballo della Regina

Marianela Nuñez in Winter Dreams

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin

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

Thiago Soares, Marianela Nuñez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Jewels, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet