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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), Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), Onegin and in ‘Diamonds’ (Jewels) and Song of the Earth. He has created roles in many ballets, including Wayne McGregor’s Tetractys.

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 for La Scala, Milan, and in Japan, in such roles as Prince Siegfried, Basilio and Onegin.

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.

Videos

News and features

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

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.

Photos

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin

Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Claire Calvert and Thiago Soares in The Winter's Tale

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

Thiago Soares

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

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

Thiago Soares in Gloria

Sarah Lamb in Gloria, with Thiago Soares and Carlos Acosta

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas.

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas

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

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

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

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thiago Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

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

Claire Calvert and Thiago Soares in The Winter's Tale

Thiago Soares in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Sarah Lamb in Gloria, with Thiago Soares and Carlos Acosta

Sarah Lamb as Manon, Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M and Thiago Soares as Lescaut in Manon, The Royal Ballet

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

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky rehearsing Las Hermanas

Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares rehearsing Las Hermanas

Thiago Soares as Romeo and Marianela Nuñez as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

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

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Thiago Soares as Onegin in Onegin