Chía Patiño

Stage Director


Chia Patino

Chía Patiño’s path has been eclectic: she began as a pianist, continued as a composer, having composed among others Rumo, a concerto for piano and orchestra and Dreamwalker, a one act opera premired in Bloomington by Indiana University in 1998.

After directing her opera, she began a parallel path as a director. She has staged Zarzuela, Musical Theatre, Theatre and Opera and worked for numerous companies in the United States, Arab Emirates, Egypt, Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador. As a composer her latest works can be found as incidental music for theatre and circus. And we will find her as a music director of the mariachi opera comissioned and produced by Houston Grand Opera in 2009, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. With that production she has conducted the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitán at the Chatelêt Theater in Paris, as well as Arizona, Phoenix, San Diego, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Chicago. She also conducted the choral world premiere of the same work at Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador.

Among her original work we can find Traviata, Transformations, Rusalka, Dido and Aeneas, Carmen, Sweeney Todd, Luis Fernanda, West Side Story, Los Miserables, La Flauta Mágica de Los Andes, Faust, Don Giovanni, and Suite Española for HGO Digital. Upcoming engagements include Orfeo ed Euridice, Cenerentolla and an original work, Dreaming & Undreaming.

Between 2009-2019 she was the Artistic and Executive Director of the National Theatre (Fundación Teatro Nacional Sucre) in Quito, Ecuador. In 2019 she joined the faculty of the Butler Opera Center at the University of Texas, Butler School of Music as its Stage Director.