Principal of The Royal Ballet
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.
The Sleeping Beauty
Cast as Prince Florimund
Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Petipa’s classic ballet.
The Winter's Tale
Cast as Leontes
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.
DGV: Danse à grande vitesse
Cast as Principal
Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.
Cast as Robert Wood
Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.
News and features
A look at the development of the male dancer.
Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.
Royal Ballet Principals are the focus of 'hybrid documentary' film with specially created choreography by Liam Scarlett.
A selection of tweets from the opening night of ballets by Wayne McGregor and Balanchine.
Look under the bonnet of two new ballets with their choreographers and members of The Royal Ballet.
Artists from Royal Ballet and Royal Opera to perform at Rio’s Theatro Municipal.