The Boulder Messiah Sing-Along is pleased to present our soloists for the 2016 performances.

Emily Murdock (Soprano soloist) Soprano: Emily Murdock

Soprano Emily Murdock is a versatile performer whose performances “resonate well with the audience” (Opera News). Most recently, she performed the roles of Mrs. Elizabeth (Baby Doe) in a touring production of The Ballad of Baby Doe with Central City Opera, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Boulder Opera Company. She has also sung with PORTopera, Opera in the Ozarks, the Boulder Fringe Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Opera Colorado, the Central City Opera Ensemble, and as a soloist with regional chorales and orchestras. Emily looks forward to singing the role of Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with Boulder Opera Company this December. She received her Master of Music in Voice Performance from CU-Boulder and her Bachelor of Music in Voice and Flute Performance from the University of Montana. A native of Whitefish, Montana, Emily resides with her husband, pianist/coach/conductor Steven Aguiló-Arbues in Denver, Colorado.

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.