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Alejandro Roca

Alejandro Roca

Conductor

"Roca presented a performance in perfect pairing with the scene".
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«"Roca presented a performance in perfect pairing with the scene. Bubbly, light, always serious not to fall into the ordinary. Allied with the soloists, it got passages of great beauty of sound".»
opera world (2019)
«"Without a doubt the revelation of the evening was Alejandro Roca’s starring as conductor of the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. This is not an easy score since it demanded his admirable and responsible performance, and resulted in the best fitting between the stage and the pit achieving an optimal interpretation from an orchestra, that is, step by step, becoming stronger and more professional".»
El nuevo siglo (2019)
«"Roca presented a performance in perfect pairing with the scene. Bubbly, light, always serious not to fall into the ordinary. Allied with the soloists, it got passages of great beauty of sound".»
opera world (2019)
«“Without a doubt the RevelatiOn on the evening was alejandro Roca’s staRring as conductor Of the bogota YOUth PhillaRmonIc orchestra...candide is not an easy sCore since It demanded his admirable and responsible performAnce, and resulted in the best fitting between the stage and the pIt achieving an optimaL intepretation from the Orchestra”»
«"The baton of the conductor and pianist Alejandro Roca, who’s specialty is South American vocal repertoire, is carried with the required stylistic grace. His experience working with lyrical voices, facilitates the singers and actors to be accompanied by the Colombian National Symphony without sound pressures, which in turn delivers the spectators emotion and beauty throughout the performance".»
EL TIEMPO, MARTHA SENN (2019)
2018Rossini: La CenerentolaConductor
2018Weill: Aufstieg Und Fall Der Stadt MahagonnyConductor
2018Guerrero: Los GavilanesConductor
2018Paisiello: Il Barbiere Di SivigliaConductor
2018Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierConductor
2017Gluck: Orfeo Ed EuridiceConductor
2017Mozart: Le Nozze Di FigaroConductor
2017Verdi: Otello
2017Offenbach: Orphée Aux EnfersConductor
2017Montsalvatge: El Gato Con BotasConductor
2017Bernstein: CandideConductor
2016Literes: Los ElementosConductor
2016Beethoven: FidelioConductor
2016Verdi: MacbethConductor
2016Strauss R.: SalomeConductor
2016Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamConductor
2015Mozart: Bastien Und BastienneConductor
2015Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorConductor
2015Verdi: RigolettoConductor
2015Massenet: WertherConductor
2015Rossini: La Cambiale Di MatrimonioConductor
2015Massenet: WertherConductor
2014Salieri: Prima La Musica e Poi Le ParoleConductor
2014Rossini: Il Signor BruschinoConductor
2014Puccini: TurandotConductor
2013Puccini: Gianni SchicchiConductor
2013Wagner: Tannhäuser OvertureConductor
2012Massenet: ManonConductor
2012Golijov: AinadamarConductor
2012Bizet: CarmenConductor
2011Verdi: Don CarloConductor
2011Ravel: L'enfant Et Les SortilègesConductor
2010Rossini: Il Barbiere Di SivigliaConductor
2010Monteverdi: Il Combattimento Di Tancredi e ClorindaConductor
2009Gounod: Roméo Et JulietteConductor
2009Purcell: Dido And AeneasConductor
2008Donizetti: L'elisir D'amoreConductor
2008Puccini: La BohèmeConductor
2008Puccini: Madama ButterflyConductor
2007Haydn: L'isola DisabitataConductor
2007Donizetti: Don PasqualeConductor
2007Leoncavallo: PagliacciConductor
2007Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaConductor
2006Mozart: Don GiovanniConductor
2006Verdi: La TraviataConductor

Bio


A prominent figure in Colombia’s lyrical scene, Alejandro Roca’s enthusiasm and interest in the vocal repertoire has led him to promote and participate in the most important projects in the field over the last decade. His rigorous work of many years as a pianist and vocal coach in countries like Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, The United States, China, Singapore, Philippines, Peru, Lebanon and Australia has been the backbone that has shaped his current musical vision.

Over the last three years, Roca has been at the helm of some of the country’s leading orchestras conducting a wide breadth of productions, among which are the zarzuelas Los Gavilanes (Guerrero) in 2018, Cecilia Valdés (Roig) in 2017, with the Colombian National Symphony and the Cali Philharmonic Orchestra; and Black el payaso (Sorozábal) in 2015, also with the Colombian National Symphony. In 2016 and 2017 he conducted the national premieres of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bernstein’s Candide, respectively, with the Bogotá youth Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he also presented Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio in 2016, together with the Opera de Colombia. With this company, alongside the Bogota Symphonic Orchestra (FOSBO), he conducted Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor in 2015. Additionally, I due Figaro (Mercadante) in 2016 and El gato con botas (Montsalvatge) in 2017 together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Universidad Central. 

These projects, in addition to his collaboration throughout the years with renowned conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Hilary Griffiths, Patrick Fournillier, Miguel Roa and Luiz Fernando Malheiro, among others, add more than fifty fully prepared projects to Roca’s extensive repertoire, which spans across opera and zarzuela. 

Alejandro Roca has been the Head Vocal Coach and Director of the Opera Workshop at Universidad Central (Colombia) since 2007 and he is frequently invited to partake in relevant academic projects. During 2011 and 2012, he was the Academic Director for the Educational Program of the Cartagena International Music Festival and since 2006, he has been part of the faculty for the Scuola Italia Summer Opera Program for Young Singers in Sant’Angelo in Vado (Italy) as Musical director and coach. Likewise, he has imparted master classes at Indiana University and in The University of Michigan (US), at the Nayang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) and in the most prestigious universities of Colombia.














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Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte 24 hours Festival Internacional de musica de Cartagena 2019
Humperdinck: Hänsel Und Gretel 1 week 2019
Puccini: Suor Angelica 1 week 2019
Menotti: The Telephone 1 week 2019
Menotti: Amelia Al Ballo 1 week 2019