Spanish dancer Ricardo Cervera is First Soloist and Assistant Ballet Master of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and joined the Company in 1993, promoted to First Artist in 1996, Soloist in 1999 and First Soloist in 2002, and was appointed Assistant Ballet Master in 2014. His repertory with the Company includes Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Lescaut (Manon), Bratfisch (Mayerling), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker (The Nutcracker), Arthur Troyte Griffith (Enigma Variations), Colas and Alain (La Fille mal gardée), Jester (Cinderella), Hilarion and pas de six (Giselle), Antigonus (The Winter's Tale) and Monkey (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café).
Cervera was born in Malaga and grew up in Torremolinos. He started ballet lessons aged seven with his elder sister, after seeing a television broadcast of Romeo and Juliet starring Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. After a summer school at the Royal Opera House he was invited to join the School, and entered the Company on graduation. He has created a number of roles for the Company, including Miles (The Turn of the Screw) and roles in Mr Worldly Wise, Room of Cooks, Tryst, Three Songs – Two Voices, Electric Counterpoint, Infra, Live Fire Exercise and 24 Preludes.
Cervera is training as a répétiteur as part of the Frederick Ashton Foundation's mentoring scheme, and has worked as assistant choreographer with Liam Scarlett on Hansel and Gretel. He has taught ballet in Japan, Spain and around the world, with his close friend Royal Ballet Principal Laura Morera.
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Sander Blommaert, Ricardo Cervera, Donald Thom, Sarah Lamb, Solomon Golding, Alexander Campbell and Nicol Edmonds in Connectome, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014
Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut, Marianela Núñez as Manon and Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M. in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather
Christopher Saunders as Monsieur G.M., Marianela Nuñez as Manon and Ricardo Cervera as Lescaut in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather
Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice, Ricardo Cervera as The March Hare, Alexander Campbell as The Mad Hatter and James Wilkie as The Dormouse in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013
Ricardo Cervera as the Nephew in The Nutcracker, ©Johan Persson/ROH 2010
Eric Underwood and Ricardo Cervera in Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Ricardo Cervera and Akane Takada in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Akane Takada and Ricardo Cervera in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Ricardo Cervera in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011
Ricardo Cervera © Johan Persson
Ricardo Cervera and Sarah Lamb in Infra © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010
Ricardo Cervera in Electric Counterpoint, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2010
Ricardo Cervera in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009
Monica Mason, Laura Morera and Ricardo Cervera backstage during The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet © Chris Moyse
Ricardo Cervera and Laura Morera in Manon © ROH / John Persson