About Us

Our Vision

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.  

Community Outreach

BOOK - SIN CITY OPERA for your next business, professional, or personal gathering. We can provide a wide range of stylings, from operatic favorites to Broadway standards. We offer full concerts, soloists, and everything in between. Perfect for weddings and special events. SCO is always interested in new ways to reach the community. SCO has special non-profit event pricing.  

Contact gingerl@sincityopera.com for availability.  


Who We Are

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 Balan is a dynamic collaborative pianist and music director based in Las Vegas. Current appointments include Music Director and Conductor for Sin City Opera, company pianist for the Nevada Ballet Theatre and UNLV Ballet, and music director at his church. Recently, Dean was a Fellow of the Collaborative Piano Institute, where he studied with faculty from the Metropolitan Opera. 

Dean became a theatre musician at age 13, when he was hired by Las Vegas’s Super Summer Theatre series. Favorite theatre credits include: Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Resort; Mary Poppins at the International Thespian Festival; The Fantasticks; and the educational pilot of Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical.

Dean has been featured at the Las Vegas Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and Serenades of Life: Doctors in Concert, presented at the Smith Center in Downtown Las Vegas. He is also an active orchestral keyboardist and has appeared with the Desert Winds Orchestra, UNLV Wind Symphony, and Henderson Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to keyboard work, Dean has an extensive background in choral, barbershop, and contemporary a cappella music. He has been a guest clinician for the Las Vegas A Cappella Summit and appeared with choirs at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, as well as with the Candlelight Processional Chorus at the Disneyland Resort. 

Dean earned his B.A. in Anthropology from UNLV, with a Minor in Biological Sciences. He is a member of AFM Local 369-Las Vegas and the Theatre Musicians Association. Visit him online at the Las Vegas Accompanists directory (www.facebook.com/LVpiano) or www.deanbmusic.com

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.