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Marianela Nuñez

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Marianela Nuñez in action.
Marianela Nuñez in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Argentine dancer Marianela Nuñez is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined The Royal Ballet Upper School in 1997 and joined the Company in 1998, promoted to Principal in 2002. 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 2005 and 2012 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. 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 ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012). She has appeared as a guest artist with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Australian Ballet, La Scala, Milan, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón and Teatro Argentino de La Plata.

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.

Photos

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Carmen

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 and Vadim Muntagirov rehearsing La Fille mal gardée as part of World Ballet Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Ballo Della Regina

Marianela Nunez in Raymonda Act III

Marianela Nunez and Rupert Pennefather in Concerto

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in Jewels

Marianela Nuñez rehearsing La Fille mal gardée as part of World Ballet Day

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

Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet

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

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Carmen

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Carmen

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

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

Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Aeternum

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

Mara Galeazzi, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Núñez in Serenade