The Boulder Messiah Sing-Along is pleased to present our soloists for the 2018 performances.

Lydia Arenas (Soprano soloist) Soprano: Lydia Arenas

Lydia Arenas is a Colorado-based soprano. She holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Lamont School of Music under the instruction of Cathy Kasch. Previously, she completed a Bachelor’s in Music at the University of Texas at El Paso where she was awarded Outstanding Performance Student Award and Outstanding Music Student awards. Most recently, she has performed as a soloist and chorus member with Boulder Opera Company, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra. While based in her hometown, El Paso, Lydia was cantor and soloist at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She was also frequently seen performing with El Paso Symphony Chorus, Opera Bhutan, and is a former intern of El Paso Opera’s Young Artist Program with whom she performed in numerous concerts and operas for 5 seasons. Her roles include 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). Future engagements include Anna Gomez in Denver Immersive Opera's production of The Consul by Menotti.

Dianela Acosta (Alto soloist) Alto: Dianela Acosta

Originally from Spain, Dianela received her M.M in Voice performance from Denver University, and her B.A in Music and Italian from Hunter College in NY. While in NY, she was a Resident Artist with Dicapo Opera where she performed the roles of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly and Angelina in Cenerentola. Other roles of note are Ariodante, Carmen and Annio from La clemenza di Tito with Opera Forum, Stephano from Faust with NYLOT, and Marcellina from The Marriage of Figaro and Maddalena from Rigoleto with Amato Opera. Dianela sings regionally with the Central City as part of their ensemble artists, Opera on Tap and Boulder Opera. She is the founder and General Director of Boulder Opera, and lives in Boulder with her family and cats and huskies!

Humberto Borboa (Tenor soloist) Tenor: Humberto Borboa

Humberto Borboa, tenor originally from Mexicali, Baja California has been praised as "a powerful and bright tenor" by the Arizona Daily Star. In 2014 Mr. Borboa completed his Masters in Music from The University of Arizona. Since then he's been an Apprentice Artist with Tulsa Opera and Central City Opera, sang with the Chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis and Marco Armiliato, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti. In the Denver metro area he has appeared as a soloist with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Avanti Opera, Opera Theater of the Rockies, Lamont Opera Theater, Cherry Creek Chorale, and Boulder Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming performances for 2019 include house debut with San Diego Opera.

Malcolm Ulbrick (Baritone soloist) Baritone: Malcolm Ulbrick

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. In 2012 he sang the title role in Brundibar by Hans Krása at the Colorado Music Festival. Fellowship credits include participating in the 2011 Music Academy of the West where Malcolm covered the role of Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and auditing the role of Belcore in Donizetti's Elisir d'amore with the Martina Arroyo Foundation's 2013 Prelude to Performance program. He has a flair for production work and just completed a stint as Assistant Director on CU's Eklund Opera Program's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflote, directed by acclaimed modern opera composer Herschel Garfein. He 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. Recent engagements have included singing the Bass solo in Beethoven's 9th with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas with Opera Steamboat and Harry in a workshop production of Jake Heggie’s new opera It’s a Wonderful Life with CU New Opera Workshop. He has also performed regularly with Opera Theatre of the Rockies where he sang Count Carl Magnus Malcolm in their 2012 production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Concert work includes bass soloist in the Grand Junction Messiah Chorale Society's Messiah, bass solos with Boulder Chamber Orchestra for Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Mozart's Requiem, and singing the title role of Medelssohn's Elijah with the Larimer Chorale. He is also a member of Central City Opera's educational outreach ensemble and performs with Inside the Orchestra. Malcolm is currently studies with Carol Kirkpatrick and lives in Denver with his wife, Carmel, Son, Aero, and 2 dogs.