Nuno Roque

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Nuno Roque
Nuno Roque performing during a benefit concert for UNICEF in 1995
Background information
Birth nameNuno Roque
  • Artist
  • Actor
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Director
  • Producer

Nuno Roque is a Portuguese artist, actor, singer-songwriter and director.


Child Star[edit]

His mother was a revue performer.[1] He made his stage debut at Coliseu do Porto at the age of three and began a successful career as a child singer in Portugal. Throughout his early years, Roque won several festivals and singing competitions, releasing his first album Brincar a Brincar in 1995. His main collaborator was producer Tony Lemos, a founding member of Eurodance Portuguese band Santamaria. Roque's repertoire was known for employing a variety of musical styles, most notably Pop.[2]

Theatre and Opera[edit]

In his teens, he studied theatre and film in Portugal (graduating from Academia Contêmporanea do Espectáculo - Escola de Artes), Brazil (where he was a student of Fábio Barreto and Augusto Boal at Casa de Artes das Laranjeiras in Rio de Janeiro) and France,[3] where he graduated from the famous École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, studying physical theatre and other major dramatic territories, such as melodrama, mime, tragedy, commedia dell'arte, clowning and buffon.[4]

In 2003, he made his theatre debut in a São João National Theatre's production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht. Roque's theatre credits include amongst others the first Portuguese production of The Laramie Project directed by Diogo Infante in 2005 playing Matthew Shepard's murderer Aaron McKinney, and C'était Marie-Antoinette in 2009, in which he appeared with actress Natacha Régnier at Festival de Radio France. Also in 2009, he appeared in Theatre du Chatelet's opera production of The Magic Flute and in Opéra National de Montpellier's production of Dido and Aeneas, playing The Sorceress.

In 2011, his performance as John Darling in Irina Brook's Peter Pan at Théâtre de Paris was praised by Le Figaro, France Inter and Financial Times.[5][6][7][8][9] In France, he has also performed in stage productions at Musée National d'Art Moderne, Le Corum, Opéra National de Montpellier and Opéra de Marseille.

Contemporary Art[edit]

On March 18, 2015, his work My Cake, was unveiled simultaneously in six European museums as part of Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture.[10] The art film was nominated for various art and music awards.[11] In January 2016, Nuno Roque appeared on the cover of Mexican magazine Ulisex! and was named one of the Top 15 people of the year, alongside President Barack Obama, Caitlyn Jenner and Pope Francis.[12] His artistic work mixes film, photography and sculpture. He works in Paris with his production team, La Mafia Dell'Arte, composed of artisans and technicians from different artistic disciplines and nationalities[13].

Cinema and Television[edit]

In April 2017, he hosted Le Gros Journal talk-show on Canal+, live from The Peninsula Paris palace with a segment entitled Le Coup d'un Soir avec Nuno Roque (One Night Stand with Nuno Roque). In 2018, he made his feature-film debut playing an autistic and illiterate 20-year-old in Gilles Legrand's Best Intentions, starring opposite Agnès Jaoui.[14] In 2017, Nuno Roque joined #RightsOutLoud, a global campaign by the United Nations to help promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through multilingual videos, alongside figures such as António Guterres and Paulo Coelho. Roque recorded videos in English, Portuguese and French, reading several articles from the 1948 Declaration. These videos are intended for an educational platform that aims to broaden access to the Declaration to millions of illiterate and visually impaired.


Year Title Notes
2012 Die Zauberflöte by Mozart[15] Opéra de Marseille
2011 PAN by Irina Brook, based on Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie[16] Théâtre de Paris and Tour
2010 La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi[17] Opéra National de Montpellier
2009 The Magic Flute by Mozart[18] Théâtre du Châtelet and Tour
2009 C'était Marie-Antoinette by Évelyne Lever[19] Festival de Radio France
2009 Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell[20] Opéra National de Montpellier and Tour
2008 Didascalies[21] Pompidou Centre
2008 Go Back To Old Kent Road by Wig Industry Museum in Docklands
2008 Ladies by Wig Industry Nouveau Théâtre De Montreuil
2005 The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project Teatro Maria Matos
2005 Road by Jim Cartwright
2004 Ensaio Para Um Casamento, based on A Lover's Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes
2004 Fora de Serviço! Museu de Arte Contemporânea - Serralves Foundation
2004 Tartuffe by Molière
2003 Les Champs d'Amour FITEI - Festival Internacional de Teatro de Expressão Ibérica
2003 Rapsodia Vicentina by Deniz Jacinto[22]
2003 The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht São João National Theatre
2002 Auto da Barca do Inferno by Gil Vicente
1999 Nuno Roque: Piano e Variações



Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Best Intentions Thiago Gilles Legrand
2015 My Cake The Villain, The Joker, The Boy, The Prince Nuno Roque Short. Also writer, composer and producer.


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Le Gros Journal : Le Coup d'un Soir avec Nuno Roque Himself - Host (1 épisode) Canal+
2010 Marie Antoinette: Reine de L'Opéra[23][24] Denis-Pierre-Jean Papillon de la Ferté (Television Movie) France 2
1996 Super Buéréré Himself TV Series (1 Episode) SIC
1996 Praça da Alegria Himself TV Series (1 Episode) RTP
1995 Big Show Sic[25] Himself TV Series (1 Episode) SIC
1995 All You Need Is Love Uncredited TV Series (1 Episode) SIC
1995 XVII Gala dos Pequenos Cantores Himself TV Special SIC
1994 XVI Gala dos Pequenos Cantores Himself TV Special SIC



  • 1997 : Turné Nuno Roque (Portugal)
  • 1996 : Turné Brincar a Brincar (Portugal)[29]
  • 1995 : Nuno Roque & A Mini Turma das Loucuras (Portugal)
  • 1995 : Turma das Loucuras, A Juventude Irreverente - Um Novo Som, Um Novo Espectaculo (Portugal)
  • 1994 : Nuno Roque - O Espectaculo (Portugal)
  • 1994 : Nuno Roque - A Alegria Dos Pequenitos, o Encanto Dos Adultos (Portugal)[30]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Country Result
2015 Blooom Award by Warsteiner Blooom Award Germany Nominated
2015 Eurovideo Festival Prix Eurovideo Belgium Nominated
2015 30th International Digital Arts Festival Videoformes Videoformes Award France Nominated
2015 International Portuguese Music Awards People's Choice Award United States Nominated
1995 Gala Internacional dos Pequenos Cantores - UNICEF 1st Prize Portugal Nominated
1995 Festival da Canção de São Mamede Artist of the Year Portugal Won
1995 Festival da Canção de São Mamede Best Performance Portugal Won
1995 Festival da Canção Infantil de Braga Best Performer[31] Portugal Won
1995 Festival da Canção Infantil de Braga Artist of the Year Portugal Nominated
1994 Gala Internacional dos Pequenos Cantores - UNICEF 1st Prize Portugal Nominated
1994 Gala Internacional dos Pequenos Cantores - UNICEF[32] Best Song[33] Portugal Won
1993 Festival da Canção Infantil de Braga Artist of the Year Portugal Won
1993 Festival da Canção Infantil de Braga Best Performer Portugal Won
1993 Festival da Canção de Campanhã Artist of the Year Portugal Won
1993 Festival da Canção de Campanhã Best Performance Portugal Won


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  2. ^ Die Zauberflote, Éditions AutreTemps Opéra 2012 / ISBN 978-2-84521-442-2
  3. ^ Programme "The Magic Flute" 2009-2010 Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre Musical de Paris
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  5. ^ L'Avant-Scène Théâtre N°1303 (1 June 2011) / ISBN 978-2-7498-1188-8
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  32. ^ pt:Gala dos Pequenos Cantores da Figueira da Foz
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