Marcelo Gomes, a native of Brazil, was born in Manaus and raised in Rio de Janeiro, where he began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Achcar Ballet Schools. He went on to study at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and at the schools of the Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Cuballet.
A prize winner at Lausanne (Hope Prize, 1996), he was also awarded second place at the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1994, and the Winter Festival in Brazil (1993). Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the corps de ballet. His roles with the Company include Apollo in Apollo, Solor in La Bayadère, Pyotr in The Bright Stream, the first and third movements in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Her Prince Charming in Cinderella, Franz in Coppélia, Conrad, Ali, the Slave and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, the pas de deux from Cruel World, Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote, Oberon and Lysander in The Dream, Henry in Christopher Wheeldon's VIII, the third sailor in Fancy Free, Albrecht and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Known By Heart pas de deux, Armand Duval in Lady of the Camellias, Des Grieux and Lescaut in Manon, Danilo and Camille in The Merry Widow, The Moor in The Moor's Pavane, the pas de deux My Funny Valentine, the Cavalier in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker, the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ratmansky'sThe Nutcracker, Onegin and Prince Gremin in Onegin, Othello in Othello, Other Dances, the Moor in Petrouchka, Jeanne de Brienne and Abderakman in Raymonda, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried and von Rothbart in Act III of Kevin McKenzie's production of Swan Lake, Aminta and Orion in Sylvia, the second movement in Symphony in C, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, the Sylvia Pas de Deux and leading roles in Désir, Diversion of Angels, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Études, Gong, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Les Sylphides, Symphonic Variations, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison, workwithinwork, George Balanchine's Ballet Imperial, Symphonie Concertante, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations and leading roles in Antony Tudor's The Leaves Are Fading and Offenbach in the Underworld and the Man from the House Opposite in Pillar of Fire, and Twyla Tharp's The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, In The Upper Room, Rogue in Rabbit and Rogue and Sinatra Suite.
He created the roles of Aktaion in Artemis, the Portrait in Dorian, Ivan in Alexei Ratmansky's Firebird, Death in HereAfter, Sergei in On the Dnieper and leading roles in Black Tuesday, C. to C. (Close to Chuck), Clear, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Everything Doesn't Happen at Once, From Here On Out, Glow - Stop, Symphony #9 and Thirteen Diversions.
Gomes was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and Principal Dancer in August 2002.
In 2008, Gomes danced Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite, partnering Luciana Paris, at the Kennedy Center Honors. He won the Benois de la Danse for best male performer in the same year.
Gomes has appeared as a guest artist with the Kirov and The Royal Ballet. He has appeared with the Kings of the Dance since 2006. He made his debut with the Bolshoi Ballet in July 2013, dancing the title role in Onegin opposite Diana Vishneva.