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Roberta Marquez

Principal of The Royal Ballet


Roberta Marquez joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2004. Her many roles with the Company include Nikiya (La Bayadère), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Juliet, Tatiana (Onegin) and the title role in The Firebird.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marquez began dancing at the age of four. She went on to train at the Maria Olenewa State Dance School, taught by local teachers and guest teachers from the Kirov Ballet. In 1994 she joined the Municipal Theatre Ballet and was promoted to principal in 2002. Roles with the company included Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Swanilda (Coppélia) and Giselle. Guest appearances include dancing as Nikiya with American Ballet Theatre.

Marquez’s prizes include Best Dancer of the Year at the 2001 Rio de Janeiro Dance Awards. She also won silver medal and best couple (with Royal Ballet Principal and fellow Brazilian Thiago Soares) at the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition. In spring 2013 she was part of a group from the Royal Opera House that visited Rio de Janeiro to forge new links with Brazil through performance, education work and skills training.

Upcoming productions

  • The Dream

    Cast as Titania

    Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet.

  • Manon

    Cast as Manon

    Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

  • Don Quixote

    Cast as Kitri

    Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.


Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae in rehearsals for Giselle with Peter Wright (The Royal Ballet)

News and features

  1. Your reaction: Giselle

    Your reaction: Giselle

    A selection of audience tweets from the first night (and matinee) of Peter Wright’s haunting production.

  2. Watch: Giselle in rehearsals

    Watch: Giselle in rehearsals

    Producer Peter Wright rehearses with Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.

  3. Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

    Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

    Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.

  4. Brazil Blog #4: When ballet meets reggae

    Brazil Blog #4: When ballet meets reggae

    Royal Opera House party in Rio treated to performances by community project.

  5. Blog from Brazil #1: Can ballet improve children's lives?

    Blog from Brazil #1: Can ballet improve children's lives?

    In the first of a series about The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera’s visit to Rio, our Director of Education on the power of dance.

  6. Q&A: Roberta Marquez

    Q&A: Roberta Marquez

    The Royal Ballet Principal answers your questions on roles, inspiration, and Brazilian cooking.

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