February 2, 2012
Marcelo Gomes to Appear as
Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet,
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Gomes to Dance Oberon in Sir Frederick Ashton's
The Dream Opposite Alina Cojocaru
American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Marcelo Gomes will perform as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7:30pm. In his first appearance with The Royal Ballet, Gomes will dance the role of Oberon in Sir
Frederick Ashton’s The Dream opposite Royal Ballet principal dancer Alina Cojocaru.
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.
Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and to Principal Dancer in 2002. With ABT, he has danced numerous leading roles including Solor in La Bayadère, Pyotr in The Bright Stream, Her Prince Charming in Cinderella, Franz in Coppélia, Conrad, Ali, the Slave and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote, Oberon and Lysander in The Dream, Albrecht and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Armand Duval in Lady of the Camellias, Des Grieux and Lescaut in Manon, Danilo and Camille in The Merry Widow, the Cavalier in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, the Nutcracker-Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Onegin and Prince Gremin in Onegin, Othello in Othello, Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances, the Moor in Petrouchka, The Man From the House Opposite in Pillar of Fire, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried and von Rothbart in Kevin McKenzie’s production of Swan Lake, Aminta and Orion in Sylvia, Diversion of Angels, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Études, Gong, In The Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Les Sylphides, Symphonic Variations and George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Ballet Imperial, Symphonie Concertante and Theme and Variations.
Gomes won the Hope Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne (1996) and the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse (2008).
Gomes debuted as Oberon in Ashton’s The Dream with American Ballet Theatre in 2003.