Ms. Detwiler has sung over thirty 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."
Last season’s engagements included soloist in Haydn’s Creation with Boise Baroque, and
a return to Opera Idaho debuting Eunice (Streetcar Named Desire) and a reprise of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.
The 2019-2020 season sees her 14th & 15th roles with Opera Idaho debuting Rosette in Manon and Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking.
Having sung with companies and orchestras across the U.S., the mezzo-soprano has performed lyric to dramatic repertoire. Among her favorite characters are Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Carmen, Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), as well as Sister Helen (Dead Man Walking), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), and Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi).
In addition, the mezzo has sung with Sacramento Opera, MidAtlantic Opera, West Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Mission City Opera, the Boise Philharmonic, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, the Boise Master Chorale and Boise Baroque and Symphony Silicon Valley as well as guest and resident artist with Opera San Jose (2002-2007).
Her concert credits include soloist in Haydn's Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, 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 Bernstein's Candide Suite, as well as numerous Bach cantatas.
She and her husband, baritone Jason Detwiler live in Boise, Idaho and study with NYC teacher, Andrea DelGiudice.
"As Rosina, mezzo-soprano Michele Detwiler's singing was lovely: ivory high notes, sturdy bottom ones and real control of florid coloratura passages."
--San Jose Mercury News
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