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.
Cast as Titania
Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet.
Cast as Manon
Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.
Cast as Kitri
Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.
News and features
A selection of audience tweets from the first night (and matinee) of Peter Wright’s haunting production.
Producer Peter Wright rehearses with Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.
Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.
Royal Opera House party in Rio treated to performances by community project.
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.
The Royal Ballet Principal answers your questions on roles, inspiration, and Brazilian cooking.