Opera coach and conductor Alejandro Roca’s recent engagements include performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro Conservatory in Barcelona, new productions with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra of Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, performances with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra of Falla’s El retablo de maese Pedro, and debuts with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Cláudio Santoro National Theater in Brasilia, Brazil.

Roca has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Gustavo Dudamel, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Josep Caballé Domenech, Patrick Fournillier, Hilary Griffiths, Gérard Korsten, and Miguel Roa among many others. Roca has appeared in recital with numerous vocalists around the world and has recorded music by several Latin American composers. Since 2006, Roca has served as a conductor and pianist at the Opera of Colombia in Bogotá, and his repertoire includes more than 70 fully prepared operas and zarzuelas.

Roca serves as Lecturer in Music/Opera Coach at the Yale School of Music where he recently conducted the production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. He previously served as Opera Coach and Director of the Opera Workshop at Central University in Bogotá, and at Scuola Italia’s summer program for young opera singers in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy. He has also been a member of the faculty at the University of Antioquia in Medellín and at Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá, and has served as Director of the Cartagena International Music Festival’s academic program.

Roca’s pedagogical experience includes the presentation of master classes at Indiana University and the University of Michigan in the United States, Nayang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Capela di Santa Maria in Curitiba, Brazil, and the University of Valle and the University of the North in Colombia, among other institutions.

Roca earned his master of arts degree in orchestral conducting from the National University of Colombia and his bachelor of arts degree in piano performance from the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali. He also pursued postgraduate studies at Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona.