Lindsay Feldmeth Westra, our Artistic Director, is a professional opera singer who has performed all over the world. Her credits include leading roles in ten operas and more than 150 solo recitals. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in opera from the Mozarteum in Salzburg before completing her training with Mirella Freni at CUBEC in Italy and with Ruth Falcon in New York City.
Devoted to promoting the “unheard voices” of underprivileged musicians, she won a Davis Project for Peace prize in 2009. She organized two global opera festivals, the Kathmandu Music for Peace Festival in Nepal and the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera Festival in Botswana, designed to equip and inspire musicians who do not have first-world resources. They included master classes for emerging Tswana opera singers, scholarships for gifted Nepali musicians, support for local Christian children’s ministries, and a music therapy workshop for AIDS-affected pre-schoolers.
Bogdan Dulu is our Vocal Coach/Collaborative Pianist. A native of Romania, Mr. Dulu is a multi-tasking musician with a wide multidisciplinary interest. Gold Medalist at the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition, Bogdan could be heard in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Vancouver’s Chan Centre, or Seattle’s Benaroya Nordstrom Hall. He has received many awards, prizes, and honorary distinctions. He also trained for executive public speaking and cross-cultural conflict resolutions with specialists from Columbia University, American University in Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins University, culminating in the International Leaders Program Certificate.
Brian Farrell was the Music Director for SPO’s debut performances of “Cavalleria Rusticana.” He is a graduate of Juilliard, having studied piano with Jerome Lowenthal, accompanying with Samuel Sanders and opera with Diane Richardson. Besides working with such distinguished artists as cellist James Kreger, violinist Fred Sherry and Chao Lang Lin, and tenor, Robert White, Mr. Farrell has been a recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship and garnered a 1st prize award at the auspicious Yamaha Keyboard Competition. Mr. Farrell has held the position as Assistant Conductor with the Los Angeles Opera.