The Boulder Messiah Sing-Along is pleased to present our soloists for the 2019 performances.

Ekaterina Kotcherguina (Soprano soloist) Soprano: Ekaterina Kotcherguina

Praised for her “fresh and exuberant” stage presence by the Daily Camera, Russian soprano Ekaterina Kotcherguina is a flexible performer, equally compelling when portraying light-hearted damsels or tragic heroines. She holds an affinity for music of the Baroque and Classical period and particularly enjoys singing innovative interpretations of the Baroque repertoire.

Her 2019-2020 season includes a performances of Messiah with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Donna Elvira in Denver Immersive Opera’s production of Giovanna’s, as well as numerous chamber concerts with Duo Azure.

Recent performances included Messiah with the Hot Springs Music Festival, Schubert’s Mass in G Major with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Opera Company, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and the Boulder Bach Festival, Boulder Fine Tuned Society, the Arkansas Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as chamber and solo recitals in Colorado and Arkansas.

Winner of the 2017 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, Ms. Kotcherguina received her Performance Certificate in Opera and Solo Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, and her Masters of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her training includes Music Academy of the West, OperaWorks - Advanced Artists Program, London Summer School of Voice, and the Up North Vocal Institute. This year, Ms. Kotcherguina placed at the West Central NATSAA regional competition, and was selected to compete in the 15th Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, and the IX International Competition of Opera Singers in St. Petersburg.

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!

Alex King (Tenor soloist) Tenor: Alex King

Tenor Alex King moved to Boulder to pursue graduate studies in vocal performance. He received his bachelor’s degree in double bass performance from Minot State University in North Dakota. He has had the opportunity to perform in productions of of Carmen, The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow, Sweeney Todd, Ariodante, and most recently, Eklund Opera’s production of Turn of the Screw. Alex has also served as principle bassist for the Minot Symphony Orchestra and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. Originally from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, he has a passion for the outdoors, and in his free time he enjoys hiking and fishing. Alex also has a passion for teaching voice and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at CU Boulder.

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.