Cast Info

Michele Detwiler

Since 2000, Ms. Detwiler has sung over two dozen roles with regional companies on the West Coast, favoring Mahler, Strauss, Bel Canto and French repertoire. Critics have described her instrument as "amber-voiced", "a velvety mezzo soprano voice with excellent range", with performances being cited as
"riveting" and holding "center stage commandingly".
Since moving to Boise, Idaho in 2007, she has performed nearly a dozen roles with Opera Idaho. Roles include Siebel (Faust), Tisbe (La cenerentola), Bloody Mary (South Pacific), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Augusta (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Mother (Hansel & Gretel), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Anna (The King and I), Maddalena (Rigoletto), and most recently Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte). Most recent engagements include soloist in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliette with the Boise Philharmonic, Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn with the Boise Wind Quintet, and Livermore Valley Opera to reprise her role as Suzuki.
Future engagements include her return to Opera Idaho in the role of Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) and soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Idaho State-Civic Symphony.
From 2001-2007, she was a Principle Artist and Guest Artist with Opera San Jose where she sang in eighteen productions ranging from lyric to dramatic repertoire. While there she garnered much praise for her portrayal of Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), and took on the roles of Carmen, Suzuki, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), the title role of La Cenerentola, Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), Siebel (Faust), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), and Flora (La traviata) among others. In addition, the mezzo has sung with Sacramento Opera, Opera Idaho, West Bay Opera, Trinity Lyric Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Mission City Opera, Apollo Sierra Opera, the Boise Philharmonic, Auburn Symphony, the Boise Master Chorale, and Symphony Silicon Valley. Her concert credits include soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and 2nd Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Herzogenberg’s Die Geburt Christi, Einhorn’s Voices of Light, and her favorite Old Lady in Berstein’s Candide Suite.

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