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Jonathan Hodel 

Stage & Music Director

With more than thirty leading opera roles in his singing repertoire and a very accomplished international career , tenor Jonathan Hodel has begun to delight audiences as conductor. In 2015, Mr. Hodel conducted The Mikado with Empire Lyric Players in Denver, Colorado. For 2007 and 2008, he was the Associate Music Director of Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, North Carolina. He has appeared with Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera San Jose and Indiana University School of Music, conducting such diverse repertoire as Rossini's Barber of Seville, Verdi's La Traviata, Mozart's Don Giovianni, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, Strauss's Die Fledermaus, Carlisle Floyde's Susannah, Haydn's L'isola Disabitata and Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Mr. Hodel is curently on faculty at Frostburg State University and is director of the FSU Opera Workshop. Between 1999 and 2003, he was the assistant director of San Jose State University's Opera Workshop. Mr. Hodel studied conducting under Imre Pallo at Indiana University and William Hatcher at The University of Iowa.

Dana Kinney 

Mezzo Soprano 

Mezzo-soprano, Dana Kinney, is recognized as “a consummate storyteller with a warm and clear tone.” She was recently seen in Cosi fan tutte as Dorabella with Loveland Opera Theatre and made her role and company debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Boulder Opera Company. She was also seen as Mercédès (Carmen) and Tisbe (La Cenerentola) in upstate New York with Opera Ithaca. Ms. Kinney began her professional career as an apprentice with Opera Fort Collins where she performed in outreach performances throughout the community and was an assistant director for over ten productions. Since then, she has been engaged by the company to direct Amahl and the Night Visitors, Daughter of the Regiment and Thunder of Horses. Additionally, she has served on the directing and production staffs at The Dallas Opera, Syracuse Opera and
Opera Steamboat (formally Emerald City Opera). She holds a M.M in Voice
Performance from Colorado State University and a B.A from the University of Northern Colorado.

as Carmen

Karoline Guerin 

Mezzo Soprano 

Mezzo-soprano Karoline Guerin is recognized for her lush, sultry tone and captivating stage presence. She is praised for her flexibility in both sustained and agile singing, as well as her impeccable musicianship and theatrical intuition.This year, Guerin debuts with Seicento Baroque Ensemble as a featured alto soloist and with Stratus Chamber Orchestra as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th. She then sings with the Bravo! Vail Music Festival as a chorus member in Tosca with the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, followed by her role debut in the title role of La Carmencita with Bel Canto Legacy. Later, she returns to the Cathedral Basilica in Denver for her third recital in its Bosetti Concert Series. Previously, she was a mezzo soloist with Denver Opera Collective’s Cabaret Bel Canto in July 2018. In 2017, she performed in Opera Colorado’s chorus as a Milkmaid in La Bohème. Before her career as a singer, Guerin performed extensively as a violinist, she continues to play and teach locally.

as Carmen

Pablo Romero 

Tenor 

as Don Jose

Pablo Romero is originally from Ecuador, where he studied music at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He continued his studies in art and music at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Coming to Colorado to continue his vocal training, he is currently studying with Martile Rowland. 

Pablo made his US operatic debut with the Loveland Opera Theatre in The Gondoliers in the role of Marco Palmieri where he also performed as Tamino in Die Zauberflote and Nemorino in L'Elisir D'Amore. He made his debut with the Opera Theatre of the Rockies in March of 2010 as the Priest and Armored Man in Zauberflote. He has been a featured guest soloist at Arias At Avo's by the opera Fort Collins Guild, has sung with the Loveland Friends of Chamber Music, and has been a returning participant at the Colorado Vocal Arts Symposium, where he has performed the roles of Count Danilo (Merry Widow), Prunier (La Rondine), Hindley (Wuthering Heights) and Faust (Faust) in selected scenes.

Priscilla Astudillo 

Soprano 

as Micaela

Priscilla came to Denver in after graduating from the acclaimed “Odessa National A.V Nezhdanova Academy of Music” as a Master in Music with honors in opera performance and music pedagogy. She is now a performer in Denver area having participated with the Lamont School of Music in the operetta “Die Fledermaus” at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and in the Merry Widow with CU Boulder Eklund Opera Program. She has also participated in operas with local companies such as Denver Opera Collective, Boulder Opera and Empire Lyric players and has worked in production with local Opera companies. She produced the concerts “Ukrainian Folk & Academic Music”and "Slavic Folk & Academic Music". Priscilla  worked as a costume designer for Boulder Opera in the production of Massenet’s “Cendrillon”. She was recently awarded the Bliss Fest best performance award for excellency in performance and the labor she does to bring Opera to the community.

Malcolm Ulbrick 

Baritone 

as Escamillo

Versatile baritone Malcolm Ulbrick originally hails from Lawrence, Kansas.  He received his Masters in Music from CU in May 2014 where he studied with Patrick Mason and performed such roles as Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Olin Blitch in Sussanah, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Gideon March in Little Women. and Marcello in La Boheme.  He enjoys production work and has served as Assistant Director on CU's Eklund Opera Program's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflote, directed by acclaimed modern opera composer Herschel Garfein, and made his directorial debut with Boulder Opera Company for their 2015 children’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and in April 2016 made his performance debut with BOC as the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  He has also sung lead roles with The Colorado Music Festival, Opera Steamboat and Opera Theatre of the Rockies. Concert work includes bass soloist in the Grand Junction Messiah Choral Society's Messiah and with the Boulder Messiah Sing Along Chorus, bass solos with Boulder Chamber Orchestra for Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Mozart's Requiem, singing the title role of Medelssohn's Elijah with the Larimer Chorale, as well as performances with the Aurora Symphony.  In May he sang the Bass Solos in Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Boulder Symphony.  As a member of Central City Opera's educational outreach ensemble, he performs in schools throughout the Front Range.    Malcolm currently studies with Carol Kirkpatrick and lives in Denver with his wife, Carmel, Son, Aero, and 2 dogs.

Lydia Arenas 

Soprano 

as Frasquita

Soprano Lydia Arenas holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Lamont School of Music under the tutelage of Cathy Kasch. Based in Colorado, she frequently performs as a soloist/chorus member with
Opera Colorado, Denver Immersive Opera, Boulder Opera Company, Colorado Symphony Chorus, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Messiah Chorale and Denver Young Artists Orchestra. While in her hometown of El Paso,TX, Lydia frequently performed with El Paso Symphony Chorus, Opera UTEP, and Opera Bhutan. Lydia is a former intern of the El Paso Opera’s Young Artist Program with whom she performed in numerous concerts/operas from 2008-2013. Her roles include Anna (The Consul),Cendrillon (Cendrillon), Pauline (La Vie Parisienne), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Maria (West Side Story), 1st Lady/1st Spirit (The Magic Flute), and Josephine (H.M.S Pinafore).

Jacqueline McCurdy 

Soprano 

as Mercedes

Soprano Jacqueline McCurdy has been described as bringing “…a worldly edge…” to her portrayals (Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette). An Iowa native, her glistening voice and lithe acting ability have created memorable performances in opera, musical theater, and concert repertoire.Ms. McCurdy has portrayed leading operatic roles in Così fan tutte, Patience, La clemenza di Tito, The Elixir of Love, Susannah, and La Calisto.  A prolific performer of concert repertoire, Ms. McCurdy has been a member of Tanglewood Festival Chorus, performing with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. She has performed under the baton of many famed conductors, including James Levine, Sir Colin Davis, and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, and has appeared as a guest recitalist with the Hanover (NH) Concert Series. Ms. McCurdy has been a featured soloistwith Field of Dreams Opera, the Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Ambrose University Symphony Orchestra. As part of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Ms. McCurdy sang on the Boston Pops recording. Ms. McCurdy’s upcoming performances include VintageTheatre’s Cabaret Series in June, and she will perform Ella in Empire Lyric Player’s production of Patience in July. Jacqueline McCurdy was a young artist at the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. McCurdy earned a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa, her Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and her Doctorate at the University of Iowa. Ms. McCurdy also holds a Certificate of Vocology through the National Center for Voice and Speech.

   Pepe Viteri  

as Zuñiga

Pepe Viteri is a poet from many lives ago - he works in various facets of the performing arts.  Performed two Gilbert & Sullivan master pieces with the Empire Lyric Players  such as “Iolanthe” where he sang the role of Private Willis, of the Grenadier Guards and “H.M.S Pinafore” at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Last year, he played the role of Zuñiga in Bel Canto Legacy's production of "La Carmencita" in 2019. Pepe participates with different local groups and also works as a Building Information Manager at Brown&Caldwell. He has collaborated with set construction and production design in several occasions and currently is BCL's set designer. 

Ruslana April 

Prima Ballerina - Choreographer 

Former Soloist at the Kiev National Opera & Ballet and the Odessa National Opera & Ballet Theaters ; Ruslana April is a native of the beautiful coastal city of Odessa, located right beside the Black Sea in Ukraine. Ruslana finished the Ballet high school and college in Odessa. After that, she studied at the Kiev National University of Arts in the Classical and Modern Choreography faculty graduating as a Ballet Master in Classical and Modern Choreography and earned a Masters Degree in Performing Arts. After graduation, Ruslana started working at The Odessa National Academic Opera & Ballet Theater as a soloist; short after becoming a principal ballet dancer in the company. Ruslana was also invited several times to perform as an guest artist at the National Opera House of Ukraine in Kiev.

Since then, Ruslana had been touring with the Theater's ballet company around all Europe, including countries such as Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Cyprus. Also she has performed in Russia and Lebanon. Some years ago, Ruslana got an invitation to work in the US as a ballerina and a ballet master for kids. As a leading soloist and children's choreographer for a Nutcracker production, Ruslana traveled with the company all over USA and Canada. Finally , she chose to stay in Denver  and now she performs locally all styles of dancing; from classical  ballet to folk, modern, lyrics, and belly dancing. April has a weekly show of aerial acrobatics and she participates in different events and festivals. Ruslana currently works as a personal fitness trainer for adults and athletes.

Lorenzo Martinez 

Dancer - Choreographer

Born in Santiago, Chile, Álvaro Lorenzo MartínezGómez has dedicated his life to creating and sharing art. His early formation was based in differential education. Ever a dancer, Lorenzo developed himself in choreography, design, and art direction thereafter. This background has lead to his specialty of teaching dance, theater, and social skills to children through the disciplines of dance. Martínez carries an advanced degree in art direction from Universidad Mayor as well as several other certifications having to do with this field.

As Artistic Director of Parallel Artistic, Martínez designs culturally relevant performances that elevate all who take part – whether as a performer or as a audience member. He continues to live his personal mission of spreading contemporary art to people and places with limited access.

Malcolm Ulbrick 

Baritone 

as Escamillo