Barcelona native Rosa Mercedes has quickly become one of opera's most exciting and versatile choreographers. Hailed by Dance Magazine as “a virtuoso”, she 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 many of the world’s leading opera houses, including the final Met Gala featuring the Three Tenors.
Recent seasons have included choreographing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Seattle Opera, AIDA for Cincinnati Opera, CARMEN for Atlanta Opera, THE MAGIC FLUTE and LA TRAVIATA for Florida Grand Opera, CARMEN for Opera Lyra Ottawa, AIDA for Michigan Opera Theatre, DON GIOVANNI for UCLA, LA TRAVIATA for Indiana University and LA CENERENTOLA for Green Mountain Opera Festival, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for Atlanta Opera, RIGOLETTO for Florida Grand Opera, IL BARIBERE DI SIVIGLIA for Syracuse Opera, FAUST for Opera Naples, as well as being featured as principal dancer and choreographer for Dallas Opera's production of LA TRAVIATA. She also acted as assistant director on the Madrid production of LUISA FERNANDA with Florida Grand Opera that featured Placido Domingo conducting. Rosa Mercedes also served as assistant director and choreographer for Seattle Opera’s young artist production of DON GIOVANNI. In that same season, she was principal dancer and choreographer for CARMEN with Opera Naples, and was choreographer for TURANDOT with Florida Grand Opera. This season, she was assistant director for the groundbreaking arena event LIVEARTS, which was 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. Also Miss Mercedes gives master classes and workshops throughout the U.S., as well as teaching movement classes for singers and is a dance panelist and master teacher for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.