José Coca Loza


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Zurich-based Bolivian bass, José Coca Loza, begins Season 2019/20 most auspiciously with his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Lesbos alongside Joyce DiDonato in the season opening production of Agrippina (Kosky/Emelyanychev). He joins the Bachchor and Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg for Harapha Samson in concert, and travels to Moscow to sing Astolfo Orlando Furioso at Tchaikovsky Hall. In January, Jose appears with Mozart Woche Salzburg for three staged performances of Messiah.

Later in the season, José joins Gustavo Dudamel and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on tour for his debut as Rocco Fidelio and in Madrid, he sings the part of Brander La Damnation de Faust in a live broadcast by RTVE. Back in Basel, the artist appears with the Kammerorchester as Clito Alessandro under the direction of Diego Fasolis, and returns to Salzburg during the summer festival for revival performances of Robert Wilson’s staged Messiah with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski.

Recent highlights include the role of Haly L'italiana in Algeri with Ensemble Mattheaus (Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducting) at Salzburg Festival and at the Opera Royal de Versailles; Alidoro La Cenerentola on tour with Cecilia Bartoli at Lucerne Festival, Palau del al Musica in Barcelona and at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid; the role of Clistene L’Olimpiade with Andrea Marcon conducting La Cetra Barockorchester at Amsterdam Concertgebouw; Mustafa L'italiana in Algeri under the baton of Giancarlo Andretta with Orquesta Ciudad di Granada, and Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festival de Música de Canarias in Tenerife and Las Palmas. On the concert platform, José sang Mozart’s Requiem with Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and with The Hague Philharmonic.

After completing his studies at the Music Conservatory of Basel, José joined the Opera Studio at Theatre Basel where he sang such roles as Melisso Alcina, Alte Diener Elektra, and Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata. José continues his vocal studies in Zurich with Silvana Bazzoni.

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Agrippina, Royal Opera House

September 2019

But Kosky's show - athletic, grotesque, oversexed and packed full of physical comedy, not least in the farcical antics in Poppea's bedroom in Act 3 - is the work of a proper ensemble, including José Coca Loza's Lesbo, and a unified, well-balanced cast.

Opera Magazine, Anna Picard, November 2019

José Coca Loza’s Operatic Repertoire


Fidelio (Rocco)


I puritani (Giorgio)*


La damnation de Faust (Brander)


Romeo und Julia (Benvolio)


The Rape of Lucretia (Collatinus)


Alcina (Melisso)

Agrippina (Claudio, Pallante, Lesbo)

Samson (Harapha)

Alessandro (Clito)

Semele (Cadmus, Somnus)*


Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Netuno, Antinoo, Il Tempo)

L´Orfeo (Caronte)


Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Osmin)

Don Giovanni (Masettto, Commendatore)

Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro)*


Gianni Schicchi (Beto, Simone)


L'italiana in Algeri (Mustafa, Haly)

La Cenerentola (Alidoro)

Semiramide (Asur)*

Il Turco in Italia (Selim)*

Le Comte Ory (Le Gouverneur)*


Elektra (Alte Diener)

Ariadne auf Naxos (Truffaldin)


Rigoletto (Sparafucile)

La Traviata (Marchese D´Orbigny, Dottore)


L´Olimpiade (Clistene)

Orlando Furioso (Astolfo)

Roles in preparation marked *

José Coca Loza’s Concert Repertoire



Mass in B minor

Matthäus Passion

Johannes Passion


Ninth Symphony

Missa Solemnis





Mass in C minor Kv. 427

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