Our Primary Performers
Linda Papatopoli, pianist & director
Linda Papatopoli is a classical pianist who performs extensively in the Boston area as well as having given performances in Europe and Japan, and Carnegie Recital Hall. In recent years Ms. Papatopoli's repertoire has expanded to include her passion for the classical music of Spain, and her interest in literature and culture has led her to found the Boston Arts Consort, a successful performing arts and culture group she has directed since 2008, performing standard Spanish classical repertoire as well as Zarzuela Ms. Papatopoli is also active in performances of the music of Boston in the early 20th Century with soprano Jean Danton, and she is publishing a book of new translations and performance practice of Japanese Art Song with soprano Meena Malik. She is on the teaching faculty of Boston College and the enrichment program of the the Solomon Schechter School of Newton, Ma., and on the piano roster of the José Mateo Ballet Theatre.
Luis De Haro, chief advising executive and food connoisseur
Luis De Haro comes to the nonprofit community as a business developer and real estate asset-management specialist. He is also a food connoisseur with credits teaching a long-running class on tapas and Spanish cuisine at the Boston Adult Education Center, launching a successful specialty food business in Boston's South End., and was instrumental in developing a mentoring program at Madison Park TECH-VOC High School through a collaboration with the Boston Center for Adult Education for students with an interest in the culinary arts. Mr. De Haro is also active in bilingual education teaching both conversational and business Spanish.
Margarita Campos, guest lecturer
Margarita Campos is familiar to Boston audiences for her engaging lectures on Spanish art and culture, including Almovador's films: Aesthetic and Passion, A Poet's Life: Lorca in Words and Music, and "Goyescas: When Art Becomes Music", celebrating the great piano work of Granados inspired by Goya. Ms. Campos is a native of Spain where she is Professor of Communications at Barcelona University and is a certified practitioner of nuerolinguistic programming. She makes her home in both Barcelona, Spain, and Brookline, Ma.
Elizabeth Leehey, clarinet
Elizabeth Leehey is a clarinetist and music educator in the Boston area and a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. She has been a featured soloist in concert series at universities, music schools and art centers in the United States and Spain. Ms. Leehey's many interests include Alexander Technique and its relationship to music making, and a passion for Spanish music and culture. She is co-creator of several new transcriptions for flute and clarinet duo which are available at sheetmusicplus.com. She maintains a studio in Sharon, Ma. where she gives private instruction and chamber music coaching to children and adults.
Donal O'Sullivan, actor/narrator
Donal O'Sullivan started acting in 1985 when it offered him the opportunity to lead an invasion of Italy at night while working as a paralegal during the day. (Napoleon in "Man of Destiny"). Since then he has performed as an actor, narrator and circus ringmaster around the Boston area. He is a member of the Here Comes Everybody Players who specialize in dramatizations of the works of James Joyce. His last performance was in a HCE production in his native Dublin on Bloomsday.
Eve Costarelli (Eva Lorca) flamenco artist
Eve Costarelli (Eva Lorca) has been performing and teaching flamenco, tap, and yoga in the Boston community for the past eighteen years. Through her exploration of flamenco technique and its connection to the yoga body, her dancing personifies the power and stillness held within the music of Spanish gypsies. Ms. Costarelli is a familiar face on the Boston dance scene, and is a member of Young Audiences of Massachusetts with her program The Birth of Flamenco, traveling to schools K-12 bringing her love and knowledge of flamenco to all new England. Ms. Costarelli is also part of the Massachusetts State Teaching Roster and a certified yoga teacher. She was recently featured in an extensive article about her work in the metro-west publication, Inside Natick . She lends her considerable choreographic gifts to the Boston Arts Consort programming.
Christian Figueroa, tenor
Puerto Rican opera singer and actor
Christian Figueroa graduated from Syracuse University and received his Masters
in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. Mr Figueroa has been
profiled on CNN's "Career Connections" and on the People En Español Website. Recently
"El Planeta" Newspaper of Boston
named him one of the “100 most influential people
for the Hispanic community of Massachusetts” power
meter list. He has recorded & performed as Principal Singer at Carnegie Hall in The Orchestra Moves, The Orchestra Rocks, &
The Orchestra Sings concerts. For
the Peace Corps 50th
Anniversary Celebration Christian was asked to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park.. He also recorded the role of Antigonus
in the opera Winter’s Tale with
the Boston Modern Orchestra Project - BMOP Sound Record
Label. Christian stays active in the commercial and film world and can be
seen in the German movies Ways Of Love playing
Dante Farinelliand in Why Did I Say Yes as
the Hotel Manager. Commercials
include: CT State Lottery, KFC,
United Airlines, Pearl Vision, Orbit Gum, The Hartford, Penn Foster College,
Anton's Cleaners, Atlantic Broadband, and The Boston Road Calling Card. www.facebook.com/ChristianFigueroaPage
Roberto Rios, flamenco guitar
Roberto Rios has performed as a dance accompanist and solo guitarist for over forty years. He has appeared with Omayra Amaya, Jose Greco, the Rogelio Rodriguez Spanish Dancers, Gitanerias, the Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre, the Houston Pops Orchestra and the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rios performs traditional flamenco from Andalusia and is the father of dancers Isabel Rios and Faustino Rios with whom he formed a performance group.
Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Clara Sandler, a native of Buenos Aires, feels at home in a variety of genres, from opera, oratorio, and recital to Zarzuela and tango. She has appeared in recitals in Boston, New York, Washington DC and in her native Argentina. Ms. Sandler was featured soloist in Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" of which the Boston Globe praised her "dark and attractive tone". She is an avid researcher and performer of the music of Spain and Latin America, Her CD was released on Newport Classic in 2005. Ms. Sandler is on the voice faculty of New England Conservatory's Preparatory Division and Boston College.