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In Conversation: Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares

After getting married last summer, the Principals of The Royal Ballet talk about their on stage and private relationship as well as their favourite roles.

By Tom Nelson (Head of Audience Labs)

2 November 2011 at 3.55pm | 2 Comments

In a love affair straight from the stage, Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares finally tied the knot last summer after five years of engagement.

In a charming In Conversation event as part of the Royal Opera House Insights, they spoke to Kevin O'Hare about their onstage and private relationships, their Latin American roots, and some of the roles they relish performing.

From the age of 8, Marianela recalls waking up at 6am every day for seven hours of ballet lessons. At the same time, Thiago was on the beach in Rio, dabbling with hip-hop and then joining circus school.

Despite the demanding pressures that come with being a principal they still find plenty of time to joke around. When Marianela complimented Thiago on his stage presence, she made an aside to the audience that she'll now get the handbag she had always wanted!

In this extract, the couple are asked if there an element of competitiveness to their professional relationship:

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Thiago and Marianela take to the stage in Romeo and Juliet on Friday 13 January

By Tom Nelson (Head of Audience Labs)

2 November 2011 at 3.55pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Talk and tagged Ballet, Dance, Education, insight, talk

This article has 2 comments

  1. Stunning. Congratulations!

    • mary responded on 3 November 2011 at 2:36pm

      Finally u too got married. Congratulacoes emuita felicidades para voces dois. Nos adoramos ve-los dancar. Abracos
      zahra e mary

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