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.
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.
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 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 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, 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.