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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.

Videos

News and features

What's in dancers' ballet bags?

What's in dancers' ballet bags?

17 July 2014

Marianela Nuñez and Yasmine Naghdi reveal the rehearsal and performance essentials that they can't do without.

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

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

4 April 2014

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

Don Quixote available to pre-order on DVD

Don Quixote available to pre-order on DVD

9 March 2014

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

Your reaction: Don Quixote in cinemas

Your reaction: Don Quixote in cinemas

16 October 2013

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

Your reaction: Don Quixote

Your reaction: Don Quixote

1 October 2013

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

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

2 August 2013

Royal Ballet Principals are the focus of 'hybrid documentary' film with specially created choreography by Liam Scarlett.

Photos

Marianela Núñez as Hermione and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Marianela Nuñez and Rupert Pennefather in Serenade © ROH / Johan Persson 2008

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Ryoichi Hirano and Marianela Nuñez in Serenade, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Marianela Nuñez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Bennet Gartside as Leontes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act III of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Bennet Gartside as Leontes, Valeri Hristov as Polixenes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez and members of The Royal Ballet at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta and Marianela Nuñez at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote © ROH / The Ballet Bag 2013

Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Nuñez as Kitri in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nunez in Apollo © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Apollo ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora and Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund in The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

8 December: Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nuñez in The Human Seasons in November 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels © ROH/Tristam Kenton, 2012

Carlos Acosta, Thiago Soares, Marianela Nuñez and Bryan Hymel at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch © ROH

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch © ROH

Marianela Nuñez at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch © ROH

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

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

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011