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 Solor in La Bayadère, Pyotr in The Bright Stream, the first and third movements in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, 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, Henry in Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, the third sailor in Fancy Free, Albrecht and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, The Man (Heaven) and Fortune in HereAfter, 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 pas de deux My Funny Valentine, the Cavalier in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, the Nutcracker-Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’sThe Nutcracker, His Imperial Excellency in Offenbach in the Underworld, Onegin and Prince Gremin in Onegin, Othello in Othello, Other Dances, the Moor in Petrouchka, The Man From the House Opposite in Pillar of Fire, Jeanne de Brienne and Abderakman in Raymonda, Rogue inRabbit and Rogue, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, a Lover in Sin and Tonic, Sinatra Suite, 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 inSymphony in C, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, the Sylvia Pas de Deux, theTchaikovsky Pas de Deux and leading roles in Amazed in Burning Dreams, Ballet Imperial,Baroque Game, The Brahms/Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1,Désir, Diversion of Angels, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Études, Gong, In The Upper Room, Jabula, The Leaves Are Fading, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Les Sylphides, Symphonic Variations, Symphonie Concertante, Theme and Variations, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and workwithinwork.
He created Aktaion in Artemis, the Portrait in Dorian, 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, andGlow – Stop.
Gomes was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and Principal Dancer in August 2002.
Gomes danced Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, partnering Luciana Paris, at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors.