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May 14, 2020 04:34 PM

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Andrew Gilstrap
Bass/Baritone
Bass-baritone Andrew Gilstrap is a first-year member of the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program, where he has performed as Basilio in The Barber of Seville and the Immigration Officer in Dove’s Flight. He was also slated to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni with Minnesota Opera, as well as Sourin in Pique Dame with the Des Moines Metro Opera, before cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrew has performed previously with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Apprentice Artist program, Wolf Trap Opera, and with several Texan orchestras, including Mercury: Orchestra for the World and the Denton Bach Society. He also sang with the National Orchestral Institute as a soloist in their 2018 concert Pops Extravaganza: Bernstein at 100. Gilstrap completed both a BM and a MM at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Highlights of his time there include performing Reverend John Hale (The Crucible), Frère Laurent (Romeò et Juliette), and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte).
Andrew Sun
Pianist
Andrew Sun is currently Executive Assistant to the President of Minnesota Opera after serving as a Resident Artist coach and répétiteur with the same company for two seasons. A sought-after collaborative pianist, Andrew has also worked with the Berkshire Opera Festival, the Manhattan School of Music, the Merola Opera Program, and the Music Academy of the West. Andrew was named winner of the 2018 Marilyn Horne Song Competition along with Kelsey Lauritano. Their recital tour included performances in New York City, Chicago, and London. Other career highlights include performing on Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts series, participating in “The Song Continues,” led by Marilyn Horne, and performing the radio premiere of the newly-discovered Albumblatt by Johannes Brahms. Andrew holds a master's degree from New York University and a Professional Studies Certificate from Manhattan School of Music. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his boyfriend, Jess, and their two cats.