Musicologist, stage director and designer, specialized in opera, Sergio Vela studied composition with Humberto Hernández Medrano and orchestral conducting with Roswitha Hientze and the Aspen School of Music with Murry Sidlin. He graduated cum laude from the School of Law received a Doctorate Degree in musciology from the Facultad de Música de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
He made his debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in México City in 1990, where he has directed Gounod´s Faust, Mozart´s La clemenza di Tito, Idomeneo re di Creta, Die Zauberflöte; Wanger´s Der fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde and Der Ring des Nibelungen; The Visitors by Carlos Chávez, Verdi´s Macbeth, Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Puccini´s La fanciulla del West Also in Mexico, he directed and designed Gluck´s Orfeo ed Euridice; Berlioz´s Béatrice et Bénédict; Siempre es hoy by Juan Ibáñez and Henze´s El Cimarrón. In the United States he conducted and designed Strauss’ Salome, and in Italy Puccini´s Turandot and Bellini´s La sonnambula; in Spain he directed Mozart´s Così fan tutte and Murmullos del páramo by Julio Estrada; in Germany he directed Motezuma, by Gian Francesco de Majo; in Irland, María del Carmen by Granados, and in Brazil Wagner´s Parsifal and L’amore dei tre re by Montemezzi. He translated and directored Collaboration by Ronald Harwood for the Compañía Nacional de Teatro de México.
He is the autor of essays about art and humanities; he teaches at the university, courses and conferences, he acts as artist consultant and host for radio and televisión for cultural programs. He has held the positions of Director of the Opera de Bellas Artes, General Director of the Festival Internacional Cervantino, General Director of Music at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, President of the National Councel for Culture and Arts, Artistic Director of the Festival de Música de Morelía, Artistic Counsel of the Academia de Música de Minería and Artistic Director of the Festival del Centro Histórico de México. He is currently the General Art and Culture Director of the Grupo Salinas and Principal Member of the Seminario de Cultura Mexicana.
He received the Mozart Gold Medal from the Embassy of Austria and the Giacomo Puccini International Prize. He has honored with the awards of the Order of the Arts and Letters of France, the Federal Cross of Merit in Germany, the Order of Merit in Italy, the Orede of Isabel la Católica in Spain and the Order of Dannebrog in Denmark.