|Abigail Rethwisch – Soprano
Abigail Rethwisch is from Iowa City, Iowa, and is a full time Resident Artist at Utah Opera, where she sang the lead role of Lucia in the March 2017 production of “Lucia di Lammermoor.” During Utah Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season, she will be featured as Adele in the May 2018 production of “Die Fledermaus.” She has also gained recognition in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, having been chosen as a regional finalist three times, most recently in the Great Lakes Region, where she won Second Place. Ms. Rethwisch’s young artist training includes three summers as an apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera, a Fellowship at the CoOPERAtive Program, and performing as a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony’s “Great American Road Trip” tour, she will join The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice artist for their 2017 season.
|Andrew Paulson – Baritone
Andrew Paulson is currently an Emerging Artist singing with Virginia Opera. Along with many other roles, he has been featured as the title role in “II barbiere di Siviglia,” Prince Ottokar in “Der Freischütz,” and the mandarin in “Turandot.” Recognized as a winner in the Pittsburgh District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Mr. Paulson was featured as Paul Jobs in the world premiere workshop of Mason Bates’ “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs”, and has sung on the concert stage with the Jacksonville Symphony.
|Brent Michael Davids – Composer and Wood Flute soloist
Brent Michael Davids is a professional Concert and Film Composer, an American Indian citizen of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation, and founder of music company Blue Butterfly Group (BBG). He has received awards from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Park City Film Music Festival, and National Symphony Orchestra. His work “Powwow Symphony (for Powwow M.C. and Orchestra)” was premiered to rave reviews in 1999, with repeat performances in 2002, and 2011. A majority of Mr. Davids’ work employs traditional Native American instruments and often those of his own design. He is an inventor, composer, and educator. His composition, “Spirit Woman Song,” will be performed by soprano Abigail Rethwisch during the Utah Symphony’s “Great American Road Trip” tour.