Alicia Urreta was born in Veracruz, Veracruz. In 1952 she entered the Conservatorio National de Musica in Mexico City, studying harmony with Rodolfo Halffter, and other topics under Hernandez Moncada. After 1957 she worked as a concert pianist and taught at the University of Mexico.
Urreta established the National Symphony Orchestra (1975), was the general Coordinator of the National Opera Company of INBA. music coordinator of the Casa del Lago, musical performances director of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and founder of the Camerata of Mexico. She died in Mexico City in 1987.
Urreta composed, among other works, a chamber opera, five ballets, pieces for solo instruments, a cantata, incidental music, a Musique concrète for Noh theater and film scores.
Selected works include:
- Ralenti for tape, 1969
- Natura mortis o la Verdadera historia de Roja b Caperucita for narrator, piano and tape, 1971
- Estudio sobre una guitarra for tape
- Cante, homenaje a Manuel de Falla for actors, singers, three dancers, slides, percussion and tape, 1976
- Salmodia II for piano and tape, 1980
- Selva de Pajaros for tape, 1978
- Dameros II for tape, 1984
- Dameros III for tape, 1985