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Marianela Nuñez

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Marianela Nuñez is a Principal with 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 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.

Upcoming productions

  • 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.

  • Serenade

    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.

  • Sweet Violets

    Cast as Marie

    Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.

  • Manon

    Cast as Manon

    Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

  • Don Quixote

    Cast as Kitri

    Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.

Videos

News and features

  1. Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montaño nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

    Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montaño nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

    Awards celebrate the contributions of the UK’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities.

  2. Don Quixote available to pre-order on DVD

    Don Quixote available to pre-order on DVD

    Carlos Acosta's first full-length work for The Royal Ballet stars Carlos as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri.

  3. Your reaction: Don Quixote in cinemas

    Your reaction: Don Quixote in cinemas

    What did you think of the live relay of Carlos Acosta's new Royal Ballet production?

  4. Your reaction: Don Quixote

    Your reaction: Don Quixote

    Audience tweets about the first night of Carlos Acosta's new production.

  5. ROH's Christopher Wheeldon, Marianela Nuñez and Bryan Hymel all win 2013 Olivier Awards

    ROH's Christopher Wheeldon, Marianela Nuñez and Bryan Hymel all win 2013 Olivier Awards

    The National Theatre’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes seven awards.


  6. Royal Opera House heads to Brazil

    Royal Opera House heads to Brazil

    Artists from Royal Ballet and Royal Opera to perform at Rio’s Theatro Municipal.

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