Bringing a fresh innovative approach to the
ancient art form of Opera.



Bringing a fresh innovative approach to the
ancient art form of Opera.



Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director/Executive Director Dianela Acosta, the Boulder Opera is beginning its first season with a fresh, vibrant approach to the ancient art of Opera. With the intention of developing new audiences, Boulder Opera operatic interpretations are modern, eclectic and fun!

Boulder Opera is committed to making Opera accessible by producing three Operas per season that will be chosen from the standard repertoire as well as the lesser known; and to offer opportunities to local professional artists.


Start a new tradition with the Boulder Opera!

Upcoming Performances

Previous Performances

The Magic Flute

Mozart's famous German singspiel, or opera-play, "The Magic Flute," tells a charming, fantastic story that includes a bird seller, a dragon, a captured princess, a prince who wants to rescue her, an evil Queen of the Night, a priest and, of course, a magic flute. The plot is complicated but engaging and the music is beautiful and memorable. You won't be able to stop humming Papageno's theme song!

Adapted for a family audience, the show lasts one hour and will be followed by a 5 min Q&A with the cast.


La Cenerentola is the Boulder Opera's first production in our Children's Series. The audience will recognize many familiar characters in this comedic love story as it is Rossini's version of the beloved Cinderella tale. Beautiful melodies and catchy tunes will be performed by local, professional opera singers in costumes and a live ensemble orchestra. Narrated by a reporter who will interview each character as the story unfolds, the audience will quickly discover some new twists in this comic version of Cinderella.


About the Boulder Opera Company

Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director/Executive Director Dianela Acosta, the Boulder Opera is an exciting new venture that approaches the ancient art of Opera with fresh, modern interpretations and a spin on the classics. Our mission is to bring new audiences, especially young audience members, to the theater and other venues in Boulder County.

Every season the Boulder Opera  will produce one full-length Opera  and two abridged Operas in our Children’s Series chosen from the standard repertoire.  

The Children’s Series is all about building new audiences and focuses on making opera fun, accessible, and affordable. Repertoire for the Children's Series is chosen from well-known and familiar works. The performances are one hour long and, with the help of a narrator, are engaging and educational at the same time!

Our full-length productions explore rarely performed Operas and use innovative multimedia in unique venues with the goal of developing new audiences for this age-old genre.

All our productions will feature an ensemble orchestra, and will offer opportunities to local professional artists and musicians to collaborate.


Our Team


Our Team

Dianela Acosta Production Manager

Dianela Acosta

Production Manager

Dianela, a classically trained singer, founded Boulder Opera Company in December of 2012 with the goal of bringing opera for children to the Boulder area. She performed extensively in New York, and especially enjoyed being part of children's operas with The Amato Opera and the Dicapo Opera where she sang in Cenerentola, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, and the Magic Flute. She also draws from her experience working with Cabaret Otaku in Denver, a local Opera company that specializes in bringing fully staged works to bars and restaurants, where she was a Production Coordinator and Stage Manager in 2012. 

Christy Vaughan Marketing Director

Christy Vaughan

Marketing Director

For over 15 years Christy has worked in many areas of the arts from teaching and playing all kinds of music to fundraising for arts education to being on the board of Brooklyn's oldest community orchestra. Currently Christy works in marketing for an Italian wine importer and teaches violin/viola in the Boulder area. Christy is excited to work with the Boulder Opera Company to help bring innovative, accessible Opera to our community.

Michael Tilley Conductor & Pianist  

Michael Tilley

Conductor & Pianist


When not touring the country as Franc D'ambrosio's Musical Director, Michael continues his work with many companies in a range of genres. As a conductor, he has led ensembles from Central City Opera, Opera Colorado and others. He has been a featured performer with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and other regional orchestras, as well as with the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Vail International Dance Festival. His orchestrations and arrangements, from solo piano to full symphony to rock opera have been heard across the country and abroad.
He has also composed music for the stage and a feature length film. He plays piano, sings and writes for the Argentine Tango groups, Extasis and the Orquesta Tipica di Natural Tango. He also cooks one mean étouffée.

Jennifer Kubik Education Coordinator

Jennifer Kubik

Education Coordinator

Jennifer Kubik is excited to be joining Boulder Opera Company as Education Coordinator.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in music and drama from Bennington College in Vermont.  She has worked as a teaching artist in the Chicago area for the past 11 years before moving to Denver last year.  Along with being a vocal teacher, she has served as music director and theater director for various children’s theater productions Honk, Godspell, and Peter Pan including her own scrpit HRH’s New Clothes.  Her students have worked professionally in the American Girl Theatre and The Theater Building in Chicago.  Others have moved on to attend The Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts and graduated to attend performing arts programs in various colleges.
She has performed in dramas, musical theatre, and opera.  Some of her favorite roles include, Sheila in The Boys Next Door at the Summer Place, Panacea in a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Saugatuck Red Barn Theater, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance with the Durham Savoyards, and Ellen in Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters performed in the inaugural season of Long Leaf Opera.  One of her favorite experiences was performing at Carnegie Hall in the New York Oratorio Society’s Messiah.  Recently she traveled with Da Corneto Opera to Mazatlan, Mexico to perform the Mozart Requiem and Don Pasquale at the Mazatlan Cultural Arts Festival.  She sang in the role of Berta in Da Corneto’s production of Il Barbiere di Silviglia. 

Luisa Rodriguez Education Director

Luisa Rodriguez

Education Director

Luisa Marie Rodriguez comes to Boulder Opera as Director of Education after working with children in many different musical capacities, including four years of teaching Music in public and private schools. Luisa is currently working on a Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at CU, while teaching voice lessons and singing in the Opera Colorado Chorus. In her spare time, Luisa enjoys salsa dancing, singing at jazz jams, and participating in multicultural musical expressions. Luisa is very passionate about delivering the a love of opera to children and adults in an accessible way, so she is thrilled to be working with Boulder Opera Company in Boulder area schools and joining the cast of The Magic Flute.

Mathieu D'Ordine Conductor & Cellist      

Mathieu D'Ordine

Conductor & Cellist




Mathieu, is a devoted interpreter of a variety of musical genres spanning multiple eras from Domenico Gabrieli to the late 20th century compositions of Alfred Schnittke. He not only performs from the vast pool of existing repertoire, but also has commissioned or premiered new works from brilliant rising composers such as Anthony Green, Ryan Connell and Steve Sachse. In November 2012, Mathieu was the featured soloist performing Austin Wintory's Woven Variations with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, music based on the Grammy nominated soundtrack to the 2011 video game Journey. He is currently spending his free time in the role of music director preparing an independent production for the spring of 2014. Mathieu received his Master of Music degree from CU Boulder in 2011, where he was a long-time student of Judith Glyde.