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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), 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 DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet

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

Thiago Soares

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

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 Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote

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

Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares photographed for What Lies Beneath

Thiago Soares as Onegin and Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana in Onegin

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

Carlos Acosta as The Messenger of Death, Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares in Song of the Earth

Thiago Soares in Swan Lake

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

Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in Gloria

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

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

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels

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

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux