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Thiago Soares

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Thiago Soares joined The Royal Ballet as a First Artist in 2002 and was promoted to Principal in 2006. His repertory includes Romeo and Tybalt, Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Solor (La Bayadère), Onegin, Lescaut (Manon), Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Albrecht (Giselle) and Prince (The Nutcracker and Cinderella) He has created roles in ballets including McGregor's Tetractys – The Art of Fugue.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Soares trained first at circus school from age 12 before focusing on ballet from age 15, studying at the Rio de Janeiro Centre for Dance. In 1998 he joined the Municipal Theatre Ballet. Further engagements included guest appearances in Japan and with the Russian State Ballet as Prince Siegfried and Basilio (Don Quixote).

His many awards include silver medal at the 1998 Paris International Dance Competition and gold medal at the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition, where he also won an award for best couple, dancing with Royal Ballet Principal and fellow Brazilian Roberta Marquez. In 2004 he was named Outstanding Male Artist (Classical) at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Soares is married to Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez, to whom he proposed after a performance of The Sleeping Beauty, in which they had danced the principal roles.

Upcoming productions

  • 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 Robert Wood

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

  • Don Quixote

    Cast as Basilio

    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. Cast Change: Vadim Muntagirov to perform in The Sleeping Beauty on 28 March and 1 April

    Cast Change: Vadim Muntagirov to perform in The Sleeping Beauty on 28 March and 1 April

    Vadim Muntagirov to replace Thiago Soares in the role of Prince Florimund.

  3. The Male Virtuoso

    The Male Virtuoso

    A look at the development of the male dancer.

  4. Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

    Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

    Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.

  5. Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

    Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

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

  6. Your reaction: Raven Girl and Symphony in C

    Your reaction: Raven Girl and Symphony in C

    A selection of tweets from the opening night of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Balanchine.

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