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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

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.

The Male Virtuoso

The Male Virtuoso

7 February 2014

A look at the development of the male dancer.

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

27 September 2013

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

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez to star in upcoming film

2 August 2013

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

Your reaction: Raven Girl and Symphony in C

Your reaction: Raven Girl and Symphony in C

25 May 2013

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

Thiago Soares and Roberta Marquez perform at Paralympics Closing Ceremony

Thiago Soares and Roberta Marquez perform at Paralympics Closing Ceremony

10 September 2012

Royal Ballet Principals perform with four blind ballerinas.

Photos

Leanne Cope and Thiago Soares in Sweet Violets © ROH Bill Cooper, 2012

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Thiago Soares

Wayne McGregor, Sarah Lamb and Thiago Soares in rehearsals for Raven Girl © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Thiago Soares in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Marianela Nuñez as Princess Aurora and Thiago Soares as Prince Florimund in The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Marianela Nuñez as Tatiana and Thiago Soares as Eugene Onegin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Jewels © ROH/Tristam Kenton, 2012

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

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

Thiago Soares, Marianela Nuñez and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Jewels, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Andrej Uspenski 2013

Thiago Soares and Fumi Kaneko in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Thiago Soares as Basilio in Don Quixote © ROH.Johan Persson 2013

Marienela Nuñez at Kitri and Thiago Soares as Basilio in Don Quixote © ROH.Johan Persson 2013

Thiago Soares as Romeo and Marianela Nuñez as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet © Dee Conway 2008

Thiago Soares as The Prince and Marianela Nuñez as Cinderella in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton 2010

Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez in Birthday Offering. © Tristram Kenton 2012

Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odette in Swan Lake © Alice Pennefather 2012

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot © Hannah Crosby 2012

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot © Hannah Crosby 2012

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot © Hannah Crosby 2012

Thiago Soares as The Prince and Marianela Nuñez as Cinderella in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton 2010

Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odile in Swan Lake © Dee Conway 2008

Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried and Marianela Nuñez as Odette in Swan Lake © Dee Conway 2008

On the set for the Winter Season One Extraordinary World shoot © Hannah Crosby 2012

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas © Bill Cooper/ROH

Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares rehearsing Las Hermanas © ROH 2012

Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares in Las Hermanas. © Bill Cooper / ROH 2012

Roberta Marquez and Thiago Soares in Giselle. © Johan Persson

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky rehearsing Las Hermanas © ROH 2012

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

Thaigo Soares and Mara Galeazzi in Thais - Pas des Deux © Dee Conway/ROH 2004

Thiago Soares as Robert Wood, Leanne Cope as Emily Dimmock in Sweet Violets © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012