Rosa Mercedes

Hailed by Dance Magazine as "a virtuoso", Barcelona-born Rosa Mercedes has enjoyed an extensive and critically acclaimed career in Spanish dance as a principal dancer with tours that have taken her to major theaters throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Canada. In opera, she has had her talents as both dancer and choreographer featured by the Metropolitan Opera, Opera di Roma, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Florentine Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Baltimore Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, Washington Summer Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Opera Naples alongside such greats as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Agnes Baltsa, Renata Scotto, Denyse Graves, Julius Rudel, Marco Armiliato and James Levine.

Most recently, she has choreographed IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Washington National Opera, THE PASSENGER (Weinberg), CARMEN and EUGENE ONEGIN for Florida Grand Opera, TURANDOT and MAGIC FLUTE for Opera Naples, CARMEN for Michigan Opera Theatre, and IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Lyric Opera Baltimore.

Other recent highlights include choreographing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Seattle Opera, AIDA and LA TRAVIATA for Cincinnati Opera, AIDA, CARMEN and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for Atlanta Opera, THE PASSENGER, MAGIC FLUTE, RIGOLETTO, LA GIOCONDA, AIDA and LA TRAVIATA for Florida Grand Opera, CARMEN for Opera Lyra Ottawa, AIDA and TURANDOT for Michigan Opera Theatre, AIDA for Florentine Opera, DON QUICHOTTE and DON GIOVANNI for Academy of Vocal Arts, DON GIOVANNI for UCLA, LA TRAVIATA and CARMEN for Indiana University, LA TRAVIATA and IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Baltimore Opera, CARMEN for Palm Beach Opera, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Syracuse Opera, FAUST, CARMEN and IL TROVATORE for Opera Naples, CARMEN and DON QUICHOTTE for Tulsa Opera, COSI FAN TUTTE for Brevard Music Festival, AINADAMAR for the University of Miami, as well as being featured as principal dancer and choreographer for Dallas Opera's production of LA TRAVIATA. She was assistant director on the Teatro Real production of LUISA FERNANDA (Madrid) with Florida Grand Opera that featured Placido Domingo conducting, and was assistant director for the groundbreaking arena event LIVEARTS, produced by the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Rosa Mercedes is founder and artistic director of Duende Ballet Español. She is a recipient of several awards, including the Dance Miami Choreographers Fellowship and the ACCA Critics Choice Award in dance. She gives master classes, workshops and teaches movement classes for singers throughout the U.S., and is a dance panelist and master teacher for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.