Alexandra Kosachukova Babbel, the company’s founding Artistic Director, brings to the organization years of proven artistic vision. Ms. Babbel has demonstrated a keen eye for identifying new talent and providing a sound educational environment for artists to fully develop their craft.
Not only has Alexandra Babbel enjoyed an operatic career with multiple leading roles as an operatic and concert solo performer; she holds a BA in Choral Music Education from the University of Michigan, a MA in Opera Performance from the University of Alberta and Post-Masters Certiﬁcate of Performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She held the faculty position of Voice Department Head at Trinity International University in Deerifield, Illinois before relocating to Canada.
As the artistic and managing director of Opera Kelowna, Alexandra has successfully converted the mission of the organization into a solid strategic plan including program content and initiatives. Ms. Babbel has worked to determine and implement policies and programs around participant involvement, and has set the company goals with concrete activities and thoughtful financial budgets, manages the daily activities of staff, volunteers and board members to achieve the company’s goals providing leadership, coaching and feedback. She works closely with the board communicate her vision.
Ms. Babbel has a keen ability to bring multiple artists and art forms together and has envisioned building an opera company and vocal education program that will cross-pollinate with other classical art-forms in the community to present peerless performances.