Dianela, a classically trained singer, founded Boulder Opera Company in December of 2012 with the goal of bringing opera to children in 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 and Stage Manager.
Elliott is a passionate supporter of the arts. Having grown up in a family that strongly supported the arts, some of his first memories are of art galleries and opera playing in the background at home. He studied arts and entertainment media management at Columbia College in Chicago. He is a certified safari guide in Kenya and an expert on Kenyan history, culture and wildlife. He also is a designer, having done work for museums, businesses, operas and private homes. He is excited to be involved in bringing the ancient art form of opera to the community of Boulder, CO.
Olga is excited to help Boulder Opera in reaching their artistic, educational and financial goals. Growing up in Munich, Germany, she has lived and studied in the UK and Switzerland before moving to the US. She holds a dual Master's degree in Philosophy and Computational Linguistics and is fluent in English, German, and French. Early on she was a very frequent guest at the prestigious Munich Opera House, where student tickets ran half the prize of movie theater tickets. This motivates her to help also make Boulder Opera accessible to everyone. Through her work with Boulder Opera, Olga hopes to not only instill her love of the arts in her four children, but also share with the greater Boulder community.
Dr. Sara Parkinson enjoys a varied career as pianist, vocal coach and conductor.
She has served on the staff and faculties at CU-Boulder, Cornell College, Rocky Ridge Music Center and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Rehearsal pianist credits include La Bohème, West Side Story, Candide, Albert Herring, Orlando, The Elixir of Love, and Ainadamar. She has performed with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Bach Festival, Cheyenne Symphony and Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Music Director credits include Menotti’s The Telephone and The Old Maid and the Thief at Emerald City Opera, The Elixir of Love with Boulder Opera, the premiere performance of Leanna Kirchoff’s chamber opera, and The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret at CU-Boulder in 2013. Sara has been a member of Central City Opera Ensemble since 2012 and performs Opera Colorado Outreach Concerts. She has worked with Anna Christy, Michael Mayes, Megan Marino, Kelly O’Connor and Jessica Rivera. Dr. Parkinson is currently the Music Director at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Director of Operations at Denver Eclectic Concerts and founding member of the tango/classical chamber music group Grande Orquesta Navarre, named Denver’s best chamber orchestra by Westword in 2016.
Dr. Sara Parkinson holds degrees from the University of Iowa (BM-Piano), the New England Conservatory of Music (MM-Piano) and CU Boulder (DMA-Collaborative Piano) where she held a full assistantship in the opera and instrumental departments. She spent two years traveling, teaching piano and serving as music director at a private boarding school in Switzerland. Festival appearances include Aspen, Musicorda Chamber Music, and Music Academy of the West. Principal teachers include Victor Rosenbaum, Nicolas Carthy and Anne Epperson.
Alisha is an advertising student in her senior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She considers herself a very creative person - who can't sing or paint. She is, however, able to express her creativity through graphic design and media. She has been with Boulder Opera since May 2016 and has loved designing the art for the productions Boulder Opera has put on. Originally from California, she moved to Colorado because of her love for the mountains. In her free time, she enjoys reading, petting dogs and pretending like she can sing in the shower.
Jewels is thrilled to put her talents and love of the arts to use for the Boulder Opera Company. Her first introduction to Opera was at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago where she saw Puccini’s La Boheme. What made this interesting is that she went with a friend at the young age of 13 who couldn’t afford to buy tickets. So, she would work the coat check and in exchange get a free ticket anywhere in the house. This model began Jewel’s journey and education into the world of Opera. When Jewels discovered the Boulder Opera Company, she knew right away she wanted to get involved in helping find sponsors so that children and adults could fall in love with outstanding opera. Jewels has a degree in Art History and Theology that she puts good use to in the world of Software. She has traveled the world Kitesurfing with her husband and has done a northern ascent thru Tibet of Mt. Everest with Peter Hilary for the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s first ascent . She has traveled and sailed the world. A lunch with her will definitely leave you wanting to sponsor the Boulder Opera.
Robert came to Boulder Opera with 33 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He has organized and conducted a series of three-each community-wide sing-alongs of G. F. Handel’s oratorio: Messiah, on a weekend close to, but before, Christmas. Over the decades, this totals to 99 performances. Mr. Arentz makes his living as aerospace engineer, not as a musician. His other interests including glass-blowing, small-scale stone sculpting, abstract painting, and a little woodworking. He has a limited, but nice library centered on history and the sciences. Presently, he is attempting to learn modern Greek: maybe he’s beginning to lose his mind a little ….
The music of Chappell Kingsland seeks to integrate elements from diverse musical cultures into a personal and compelling synthesis. He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music (BM) and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (MM, DM). His compositions have won first-place awards from the Percussive Arts Society, the Jacobs School of Music, and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, among others. He teaches Music Theory and Piano Class at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and plays for Eurhythmy classes at the Denver Waldorf School.
Dr. Kingsland was the founder and Artistic Director of New Voices Opera, a student-run opera company in Bloomington, Indiana. His first full-length opera, Intoxication: America’s Love Affair with Oil, premiered in April of 2013 and will receive a new production in Louisville, Kentucky this summer. Reimagining Opera for Kids commissioned The Firebringers, a half-hour chamber opera which was performed at twenty schools in the 2014-15 season and will be performed by the Boulder Opera next year. He is the faculty advisor for Mile High Opera in Denver.
Dr. Kingsland’s piano and organ recitals are noted for the diversity of their programming; in 2014 he toured with a program entitled Impressionism and Rock Piano. This summer he will collaborate with some amazing musicians to begin recording his unique arrangements of rock songs. Please visit his website for details: www.chappellkingsland.com.
Brooke graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelors of Arts degree in music, specializing in vocal performance, a minor in business analytics and a certificate in music entrepreneurship. Brooke has studied voice for over eight years and has trained for a summer in Florence, Italy. She is excited to work with the Boulder Opera Company and share her love and passion for music while promoting opera to young audiences. Having grown up in a musical family, Brooke truly believes in the power of music and the arts.