A brief note about Federico Bonelli, Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet of London …
Federico Bonelli was born in Genoa and trained at the Turin Dance Academy with Italian and Cuban masters. In his student days, he finished second in the International Competition of Havana, and won the first prize in the International Ballet Competition of Rieti (Italy), the Prix de Lausanne. In 1995, he graduated from the Zurich Ballet.
He was part of the Het National Ballet of Amsterdam, where he entered in 1999 and was promoted to Principal in 2002. A year later, he joined as a Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet in London, considered one of the five best ballet companies in the world.
In 2005, he became the third dancer who played the role of Armand, after Rudolf Nureyev and Jonathan Cope. That same year, he won the Premio Positano. In 2007, he received the nomination as’ Best Dancer ‘by the Critics’ Circle Awards.
For his way of interpreting, Federico Bonelli stands out in the roles of noble dancer, especially in the roles of Romeo, Siegfried (The Swan Lake), Prince (The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty) and Des Grieux (Manon).
© Cover photo: Rick Guest, 2015.