The Boulder Messiah Sing-Along is pleased to present our soloists for the 2017 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!

James Baumgardner (Tenor soloist) Tenor: James Baumgardner

Lyric Tenor James Baumgardner has gained national and international acclaim for his vocal brilliance and flexibility as well as his dramatic interpretations of many leading Opera and Oratorio roles. He has performed as a member of two of North America's premier apprentice programs at the Santa Fe Opera and with Central City Opera, as well as singing lead roles with companies around Colorado, New York, and in Vienna, Austria. Recent engagements have included tenor soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the Jefferson Symphony, tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with Stratus Chamber Orchestra, tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Larimer Chorale, Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly in the Lower East Side of New York City, and as the Soldier in Opera Moderne's acclaimed production of Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser Von Atlantis both at the Austrian Cultural Center in NYC and with the Klangforum Wien Chamber Orchestra in Vienna. James also sings with the internationally recognized Legacy Quartet which recently toured South Korea for their seventh time. James is a graduate of both Colorado State University where he earned his Bachelors in Music Education, and the University of Colorado - Boulder where he received his Masters in Vocal Performance. After three years living and performing in New York, James now lives with his wife Lindsey and their two year old son Caleb in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. James teaches on the voice faculty at Colorado Christian University.

David L'Hommedieu (Baritone soloist) Baritone: David L'Hommedieu

Frequent appearances across the Front Range as a concert soloist have enabled baritone David L’Hommedieu to cultivate a diverse repertoire. A few recent solo performances include baritone roles in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs and Serenade to Music, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Amy Beach's Canticle of The Sun, Samuel Barber's Dover Beach, Igor Stravinsky's Les Noces, Handel's The Messiah, Faure's Requiem, and Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Just as at home on the opera stage, David has performed principle roles with Opera du Perigord, Loveland Opera Theater, Colorado Light Opera, The Hillman Opera, as well as numerous roles with CU Opera where he earned a Master’s of Music while studying with Patrick Mason. Mr. L'Hommedieu also regularly performs in recital, both locally with his recital company PhoenixSong, as well as nationally.