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.
Rafael had his conducting debut in Europe with the Romanian National Opera Orchestra in Constanţa in September 2013. Further engagements with this orchestra and with the Pazardjik Philharmonic in Bulgaria followed in 2014. Rafael was selected as a 2015 Conducting Fellow with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and was the second prize winner at the Black Sea Conducting Competition in Romania in 2012.
Recently returned from Lima where he led the British-Peruvian Cultural Center Youth Orchestra in concert, his work as a conductor and master teacher has taken him to Romania, Bulgaria, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and the United States. He served as Artistic Director for the national youth orchestra in the Costa Rican Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical, and led this 120-member ensemble on a tour to Mexico in 2012 featuring concerts in prestigious venues such as the world-renowned Sala Nezahualcoyotl.
Rafael is an Assistant/Cover Conductor with the Boulder Philharmonic and is currently attending the University of Colorado Boulder as a teaching assistant in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting.
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.
Jeff grew up in Montana but has a bit of nomad in him, living in 5 states and 4 countries since. He started singing more seriously in high school and attended the University of Puget Sound on a voice scholarship. Jeff has sang with a number of small opera companies in Washington, Los Angeles, and Boulder, and is excited to now be helping to build one for the Boulder community.
When he's not singing, he's working on building software startups, learning flying trapeze, tangoing, or pondering the wonderful and complicated aspects of being human.
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.