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Thiago Soares

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Thiago Soares in action.
Thiago Soares in Swan Lake © ROH/Alice Pennefather, 2012

Brazilian dancer Thiago Soares is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company as a First Artist in 2002 and was promoted to Soloist in 2003, First Soloist in 2004 and Principal in 2006. His repertory with the Company includes Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker and Cinderella), Basilio (Don Quixote), Solor (La Bayadère), Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Romeo and Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Lescaut (Manon) and Onegin. He has created roles in many ballets, including Wayne McGregor's Tetractys – The Art of Fugue.

Soares was born in Rio de Janeiro and from the age of 12 trained at a circus school. He focused on ballet from the age of 15, training at the Rio de Janeiro Centre for Dance. In 1998 he graduated into the Municipal Theatre Ballet, and in 2002 moved from there to The Royal Ballet. He regularly appears as a guest artist with companies around the world, including in Japan and with the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi, in such roles as Prince Siegfried and Basilio.

Soares's 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 the award for best couple with Royal Ballet Principal 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.

Videos

News and features

Listen: Sara Cox backstage at The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake on BBC Radio 2

Listen: Sara Cox backstage at The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake on BBC Radio 2

25 February 2015

Radio DJ meets Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares, explores backstage and takes her mum to her first-ever ballet.

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.

Watch: Thiago Soares and Valeri Hristov on dancing the role of Onegin

Watch: Thiago Soares and Valeri Hristov on dancing the role of Onegin

4 February 2015

The Royal Ballet dancers on John Cranko's masterpiece and the challenges of performing the demanding title role.

Your reaction: Onegin

Your reaction: Onegin

25 January 2015

What did you think of John Cranko's soaring narrative ballet?

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.

Photos

Thiago Soares as Onegin and Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana in Onegin

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin

Thiago Soares

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

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

Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in Gloria

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky rehearsing Las Hermanas

Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares in Las Hermanas.

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

Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund and Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty.

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

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

Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin

Thiago Soares as Basilio in Don Quixote

Wayne McGregor, Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in rehearsals for Raven Girl

Thiago Soares in Swan Lake

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas

Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund and Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty.

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

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot

Thiago Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in Jewels

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

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

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

Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares rehearsing Las Hermanas

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

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot

Roberta Marquez and Thiago Soares in Giselle.

Thiago Soares as Robert Wood, Leanne Cope as Emily Dimmock in Sweet Violets

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet