Kristin Roach’s high level of artistry, comprehensive knowledge of operatic repertoire and performance practices, and strong communication, management, motivational, and organizational skills place her in demand as a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach across the nation.
She currently serves as Music Director of Spotlight on Opera, Lecturer in Opera at Texas State
University, and conductor at Vocal Academy of Orvieto, and maintains a busy private practice
as vocal coach and award-winning pianist with extensive collaboration, including upcoming conducting engagements include the world premier of Yeltsin in Texas by Evan Mach
and Joshua McGuire at the Seagle Music Colony; Le nozze di Figaro and Carmen for Texas
Concert Opera Collective; Dido and Aeneas, La Curandera, and Daddy Long Legs for Texas
State University in San Marcos, TX; and La fille du regiment and Il trovatore for Spotlight on
A champion of contemporary opera, Ms. Roach has conducted or assisted with over twenty
premiers, including Henry Mollicone’s Ladybird: First Lady of the Land and Children of the
Sun, Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight!, Joseph Julian Gonzales’ Fundaciones de Bexar,
James Ballentine’s Navarro, Leo Chadburn’s Gold Space City of God, and Myron Fink’s
As Founding Music Director of Alamo City Opera, where she served from 2012 to its closure in 2019, Ms. Roach conducted seventeen productions of operas, including many South Texas
premiers. A San Antonio native, she partnered with founder and General Director, the late
Mark Richter, to help ACO establish an atmosphere of intimate opera. With diverse and often
ground-breaking programming including fresh, energetic takes on Dido and Aeneas, Acis and
Galatea, Cenerentola and the Star Trek version of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio,
Trouble in Tahiti, The Medium, and Laura Kaminsky’s As One, Alamo City’s productions drew hundreds, boasting an average audience age under 35, many of whom were first-time operagoers.
In recognition of the area’s wealth of Spanish speaking residents, Alamo City also presented San Antonio’s first full-length opera in Spanish, La hija de Rappaccini by Mexican
composer Daniel Catan; followed by rave reviews for Piazzolla’s “operita” Maria de Buenos
Aires. ACO also developed signature collaborations which featured Ms. Roach at the piano,
including Opera vs Broadway I, II, and III (featuring a wealth of local opera and musical
theater talent), Opera in the Park (a free concert series in beautiful Travis Park), and songs by
Dvorak and Brahms in collaboration with Alamo Arts Ballet Theater.
Additional conducting credits include Don Giovanni, The Turn of the Screw, A Little Night
Music, La Boheme, The Pirates of Penzance, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, The Medium, Bastien und Bastienne/La Curandera, The Italian Lesson, Gianni Schicchi,
Buoso’s Ghost, Bon Appetit, Gallantry, Prince Orlovsky’s Ball, Liszt’s Christus, and The
Ms. Roach has prepared productions for the San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa
Opera, Utah Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Brevard Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Institute, Taos Opera Institute, Opera Theatre of
Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Spotlight on Opera, and Texas
Concert Opera Collective.
Acclaimed for her “revelatory” and “infectious high spirits” at the keyboard, Ms. Roach has
appeared as a soloist with with the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Antonio Wind Symphony, and Eastman Philharmonia; and as chamber musician with Camerata San Antonio, Chamber Music Amarillo, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, and Cactus Pear Music Festival. She has toured Europe with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, performing on the historic organs of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Church of the Madeleine, Ely Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and York University.
Her recordings include the Trinity Jazz Project, a self-produced collection of her original
arrangements of hymn tunes, and classical works with the New World Symphony for Decca
Records and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble for Sony Classical Records. Her newest
recording, released in April 2018, features her collaboration with violinist Daniel Kobialka.
Her recording of chamber works by Miguel del Aguila with Camerata San Antonio, Salon
Buenos Aires, was nominated for two Latin Grammy® awards.
Ms. Roach is in demand as a vocal coach whose studio includes numerous opera singers with
both professional companies and apprentice programs, university faculty and students,
chamber music groups, and church musicians.
She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in
Applied Music (Piano), the Performer’s Certificate in Piano, and a Master of Music in Piano
Performance/Literature and Piano Accompanying/ Chamber Music. Ms. Roach currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her elderly Chihuaha, Spike, and ridiculously laconic Staffordshire Terrier, Princess Leia.