Baritone Andrew D. Whitfield enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and stage director. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera, Andrew has also been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works. His most recent performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. Also, his recording of Brooke Joyce’s Three Iowa Ballads, recently released on the Innova label, has received notable praise.
Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, Andrew received the Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Music (voice, opera) at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During the summer Andrew enjoys teaching and performing at Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, a four-week residential training program for talented high school musicians.
With his colleague Jessica Paul, Andrew performed Schubert’s Winterreise in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin during February and March of 2011. In April 2011 he was the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem at Grinnell College. As part of Luther College's sesquicentennial celebration, Andrew also sang the baritone solos in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, both at Luther and in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, on April 16 and 17, 2011.
To see and hear excerpts of Andrew's performances, or for further information, please visit his website: andrewdwhitfield.com
Soprano Lucy Thrasher has sung leading roles with many regional opera companies and symphony orchestras since she made her professional operatic debut in 1978. Favorite opera roles include Susanna (Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro), Gretel (Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel), Musetta (Puccini's La Boheme) and the title role in Lehar's The Merry Widow. Since apprenticing with Colorado Opera Festival and Sarasota Opera, she has appeared with Midwest Opera Theater, Western Plains Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Quad Cities Mozart Festival, Fargo Moorhead Opera, with over 30 roles to her credit, as well as in recital in Swansea, Wales, London, England, the Twin Cites, and at Concordia College.
Since 1998, she has been the Director of the Resident Opera Artist program for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, where she performed as Desiree in Sondheim's A Little Night Music in the summer of 2012, and previously appeared as soprano soloist in Sibelius' Luonnotar with the Pine Mountain Symphony.
Her CD recording with pianist Stephen Sulich, Cabaret : Songs from Schoenberg to Sondheim, was released in 2007. She is Associate Professor of Voice and Opera Workshop at Concordia College, and lives in Fargo and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Concordia College and the University of Colorado, Boulder.