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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.

Photos

Marianela Nuñez as Lise and Carlos Acosta as Colas in La Fille mal gardée

Carlos Acosta as The Messenger of Death and Marianela Nuñez in Song of the Earth

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin

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

Marianela Nuñez in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in La Fille mal gardée, 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

Marianela Nuñez and artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Leontes, Valeri Hristov as Polixenes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

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

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 at the curtain call for the gala night of Don Quixote

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in rehearsals for Don Quixote

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

Mara Galeazzi, Federico Bonelli and Marianela Núñez in Serenade

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle

Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora and Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund in The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty

Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti in La Bayadère, 2009

Marianela Nunez and Nehemiah Kish in Aeternum

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Apollo

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Viscera.

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

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.

Federico Bonelli and Marianela Nunez in rehearsals for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Edward Watson and Marianela Nunez in Infra

Marianela Nunez and Rupert Pennefather in Concerto

Marianela Nunez in a rehearsal for Prince of Pagodas at Royal Ballet Live

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

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Winter Dreams

A portrait of Marianela Nuñez

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin

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

Marianela Nuñez in Aeternum, The Royal Ballet