Dresden, 18 November 2022. The Intendant of the Saxon State Opera, Peter Theiler, has appointed Marcelo Gomes, principal and ballet master of the Semperoper Ballett, as artistic manager to the company for the duration of the 2023/24 season. Following Aaron S. Watkins’s move to the English National Ballet in London, the position of artistic director of Semperoper Ballett will be filled in the 2024/25 season. Until then, Gomes will take over the artistic responsibilities for the Semperoper Ballett, working closely together with company manager Adi Luick, who will continue to look after organisational matters.
Born in Manaus, Brazil, Marcelo Gomes began his dance training in Rio de Janeiro at the age of five. After his highly successful dance studies in the USA, he went for one year to the ballet school of the Opéra National de Paris and was subsequently invited to perform with top companies around the world. In 1997 he joined the American Ballet Theatre, where he was promoted to soloist in 2000 and two years later to principal. Marcelo Gomes has thrilled audiences at all of the world’s leading dance venues with his numerous guest appearances and own choreographies. His extraordinary artistic achievements have brought him many awards and accolades, including the Prix Benois de la Danse. He made his debut at the Semperoper in the 2018/19 season as Prince Siegfried in Aaron S. Watkins’s »Swan Lake« and as Oberon in Frederick Ashton’s »The Dream«. In the 2020/21 season, Marcelo Gomes joined the company of the Semperoper Ballett as principal and ballet master.
Photo: Marcelo Gomes © Semperoper Dresden/Ian Whalen