Ricardo was born in Malaga, Spain. He trained there at the Centro de Danza and then at the Royal Ballet School. He danced in Hans van Manen’s Five Tangos and Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirée musicale at the School’s 1992 performance. He joined The Royal Ballet in May 1993 and was promoted to First Artist in September 1996, Soloist in September 1999, and First Soloist in 2002.
He dances a wide range of roles in the Company’s repertory, including Violente’s Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, the Peasant Pas de six in Giselle, Spanish Dance, Mazurka and Neopolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Hans Peter in The Nutcracker.
In his Kenneth MacMillan repertory he dances in The Invitation, a Cloud in The Prince of the Pagodas, the ‘Libera Me’ boy in Requiem, an Officer in Anastasia, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Bratfisch Mayerling, the Pas de quatre in Gloria, as well as The Gentleman, the Beggar Chief and Lescaut in Manon, the Solo Boy in Danses concertantes, a workman in The Judas Tree, the male role as part of the Orange Couple in La Fin du Jour and Images of Love.
Frederick Ashton roles include the Jester in Cinderella, Tom Thumb and Johnny Townmouse in Tales of Beatrix Potter, Daphnis and Chloë, La Valse, Ondine (Tirrenio, Centre Neapolitan Couple,) the Pas de trois in Les Rendezvous, Devil’s Holiday, as Arthur Troyte Griffith in Enigma Variations and Scènes de ballet.
He danced The Royal Ballet premiere of Matthew Hart’s Solo on the 1995 Dance Bites tour, on the 1999 tour made his debut in Ashley Page’s Pas de deux Walk and Talk, the Pas de deux from Wayne McGregor’s Qualia and Mark Baldwin’s Towards Poetry (second couple). Other roles include Balanchine’s Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Ballet Imperial, one of the three Men in Page’s Fearful Symmetries, Stephen Bayne’s Beyond Bach, the Yellow Boy in Nacho Duato’s Remanso and Por Vos Muero, as the Country Boy in Andrée Howard’s La Fête étrange, Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces, Vaslav Nijinksy’s L’Après midi d’un faune, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, the male role as part of the Second Aris Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta, Mark Morris’s Gong, Puss in Boots in both Makarova and Monica Mason and Christopher Newton’s productions of The Sleeping Beauty, David Bintley’s Tombeaux, Matjash Mrozewski’s Castle Nowhere, Gurn in Johan Kobborg’s production of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide and Rubies as part of George Balanchine’s Jewels.
He has created roles in Twyla Tharp’s first work for the company, Mr Worldly Wise, in Ashley Page’s works for the 1996 and 1997 Dance Bites Tours: Sleeping with Audrey and Room of Cooks, and in William Tuckett’s works for the 1998 and 1999 tours: Puirt-a-Beul,Love’s Fool and Miles in The Turn of the Screw. In the 2000 season he created roles in Siobhan Davies’ A Stranger’s Taste, Ashley Page’s Hidden Variables, William Tuckett’s 3:4, Cathy Marston’s Traces and Unstrung Tension, Ashley Page’s This House Will Burn (2001), Christopher Wheeldon’s Tryst (2002), Matjash Mrozewski’s A World of Art (Linbury 2004), Christopher Bruce’s Three Songs – Two Voices (2005) and in Serendipity (First Drafts 2006).
His television appearances include Devil’s Holiday Pas de deux in December 2004