Rita Marques was born in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. She completed her Singing degree at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (2010-2013) at Silvia Mateus’ class.
She was “Königin der Nacht” in Die Zauberflöte, W. A. Mozart, “Princess”, “Young Lady” and “Dame! in Lady Sarashina by P. Eötvos, “Despina” in Così fan tutte, W. A. Mozart, “Sofia” in Il Signor Bruschino, G. Rossini, and “Soeur Alice” in Dialogues des Carmelites, F. Poulenc.
Within Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/ENOA – European Network of Opera Academies scholarship, she attended workshops with Claudio Desderi (FCG, Lisbon, Oct/2014, Jun/2015, Oct/2015), June Anderson and Cecilia Gasdia (Verona, Sep/2015) and the “Wiener Operette Workshop” in the Bayrische Theatherakademie (Munique, Oct/2015).
On 2016/2017 she attended the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo in Valencia, Spain, where she worked with the conductors Ramón Tebar, Fabio Biondi and Roberto Abbado, and with the pianists Aïda Bousselma, Stanislav Angelov and José Ramón Martín. She also attended several workshops such as with Nacho Fresneda (theatre), Sonia Prina (interpretation), Davide Livermore (Mondeverdi interpretation) and Roger Vignoles (Schumann’s “Myrthen” interpretation). She had Enedina Lloris and Manuela Custer as vocal coaches. As a CPPD’s student, she was “Governess” in The turn of the screw, B. Britten (Christopher Franklin/Davide Livermore, Jun/2017, Teatre Martín i Soler, Valencia, Spain) and Roggiero in Tancredi by G. Rossini (Roberto Abbado/Emilio Sagi, Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Spain).
On May 2017 she collaborated with Placido Domingo in his MEO Arena concert, in Lisbon, conducted by Eugene Kohn.