SKIP GALLA, Artistic Director
Skip hails originally from western Pennsylvania and is thrilled to be working with Sin City Opera. He is a countertenor & baritone who believes that performance is an essential expression of the human experience. Everyone deserves the opportunity for cultural growth and artistic communion! He studied voice at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT before going on to travel the world, eventually landing in Las Vegas. He has many years of stage experience, and is ever on a journey to bring more action and grace to his performance and directing. At his day job, he challenges his mind working as an RN in Infection Prevention at UMC Hospital. His dedication lies in his work, his family, and bringing opera to his community in ways that will surprise them, engage them, and ultimately enrich their lives.
DEAN BALAN, Music Director
Dean is honored and humbled to open his first full season as SCO’s Music Director. He has been accompanying, playing, and conducting musicals and operas for more than 10 years. Favorite productions include Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, Mary Poppins: The Musical at the International Thespian Festival, and the world premiere of Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical (Associate Conductor). After studying collaborative piano under Cynthia Harris, Dean is now a staff accompanist for Nevada Ballet Theatre and UNLV Ballet, pianist-in-residence with the Desert Winds orchestra, and music director at his church. His musical passions have led him to venues from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center. He would like to thank mentors Cynthia, Randy, and Kim; Professor Thomas G. Leslie (UNLV Bands), whose guidance has been invaluable; and who have made conducting this season a dream come true.
GINGER LAND-VAN BUUREN, Executive Director
Before moving to Las Vegas from New York City Ginger was a Portland Opera Resident Artist. While in NYC Ginger was well received by The New York Times and Opera News in the New York debut of An Incomplete Education, with The Bronx Opera, in which she sang the lead role of Gontron le Comte. In her professional operatic career Ginger performed with Palm Beach Opera, Dicapo Opera Theater, Pacific Opera, Opera In The Heights, Natchez Opera Festival, Portland Opera, Opera Astoria and the National Lyric Opera, singing the roles of Queen of the Night, Lucia di Lammermoor, Donna Anna, Madame Goldentrill, Constanza, Gilda, Cunegonda, Miss Wordsworth, Violetta, Musetta, and Nella among others. Ginger also performes in concert across the country with her TechnOpera band OperaRisque’ www.operarisque.com . Ginger is also a member of Actor's Equity and has performed as Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly, Madame de le Grande Bouche (The Wardrobe) in Beauty and the Beast, Ellie Mae in Showboat, Lucy in The Telephone, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel , Velma in Chicago, Rose Murrant in Street Scene, and Clara in Passion. As a member of SAG Ginger can be found on the big screen in the movie, Find Me Guilty, starring Vin Diesel and in the award winning short film Cold Dark Night Of Brilliance, in the role of the “Angel of Mercy” in which she performed and recorded the title track and is also the voice the “Laughing Opera Singer” in the Fandango commercials in theaters nationwide. Ginger moved to Las Vegas with her husband Christiaan and their little dog Louis. Ginger feels very lucky to have found an amazing group of talented people to work with and call friends here at Sin City Opera.
ARTISTS FOR ARTISTS
SCO envision an interdiscplinary hub of creativity, learning, and professional development for local artists. SCO hopes to provide a nurturing environment in which performers can take chances and flourish in their performances, all the while sharing the excitement and vibrance of contemporary opera with audiences of the Las Vegas valley, tirelessly working toward a future where our communities embrace and seek out the opera arts.
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