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 Ms. Babbel enjoyed an operatic career with multiple leading roles as an operatic and concert solo performer, she holds a BA in Choral Music Education, University of Michigan, a MA in Opera Performance, University of Alberta and Post-Masters Certiﬁcate of Performance, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois including doctoral studies.
Before relocating to Canada, she held position of Voice Department Head at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
As the founding artistic director of Opera Kelowna, Ms. Babbel has worked closely with the society’s board of directors to successfully nurture the organization into a solid strategic company including program content and initiatives. Ms. Babbel and directors have worked to determine and implement policies and programs and have set the company goals with concrete activities and thoughtful financial budgets.
Ms. Babbel has a keen ability to create an environment in which others succeed and envisions a professional opera company that will take its place on the national scene.