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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 First Soloist in 2000 and to Principal in 2002 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. Many of her roles have been captured on DVD.

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, Konex de Platino for Best Dancer of the Decade in Argentina in 2009 and the María Ruanova Award in 2011. 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 Vienna State Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, La Scala, Milan, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón, Ballet Argentino de La Plata and Australian Ballet, and in galas around the world.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of George Balanchine's <em>Jewels</em> live in cinemas?

Your Reaction: What did you think of George Balanchine's Jewels live in cinemas?

12 April 2017

A selection of audience responses to The Royal Ballet's performance of 'Emeralds', 'Rubies' and 'Diamonds', relayed to cinemas across the world.

'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> so enchanting

'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes The Sleeping Beauty so enchanting

13 March 2017

Cast and the creatives behind the fairy-tale, including Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason, reveal what it takes to perform the classic ballet.

Watch: Rehearsals for George Balanchine’s ballet <em>Jewels</em>

Watch: Rehearsals for George Balanchine’s ballet Jewels

3 March 2017

Principals of The Royal Ballet rehearse Balanchine's sparkling abstract work.

Photos

Valeri Hristov, Marianela Nuñez and Edward Watson in Monotones II, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta in Carmen

Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares in After the Rain

Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares photographed for What Lies Beneath

Marianela Nuñez as Hermione and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Perdita in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov in Giselle

Marianela Nuñez in Giselle

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

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 Thiago Soares in ‘Diamonds’ from Jewels, The Royal Ballet

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

Samantha Raine, Marianela Nuñez, Romany Pajdak and artists of The Royal Ballet in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

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

Marianela Núñez as Hermione and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Leontes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act III of The Winter's Tale, 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

La Fille mal gardée (The Royal Ballet, April 2012)

Thiago Soares as Onegin and Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana in Onegin

Vadim Muntagirov as Lensky in Onegin

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Ryoichi Hirano as Prince Gremin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

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 in rehearsal for Scènes de ballet, The Royal Ballet

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Apollo

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Edward Watson, Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli in Monotones II

Marianela Nunez in Raymonda Act III

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

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

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

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels