2020 Season Singers
Jordan Bowman, artistic director
Jordan Bowman, artistic director and co-founder of Opera Elect finished her Master’s of Music in Opera at Binghamton University in New York with Mary Burgess. Her credits in New York have included Belinda in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (BU 2019), her debut role with Tri-Cities Opera as First Touriere in Suor Angelica (2018), Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Foothills Opera scenes program, concurrently with Despina in Così fan tutte (2018), Lady with a Cake Box from Postcard from Morocco (BU 2018), Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro (BU Scenes 2018), Lucy in the children’s opera, The Billy Goats Gruff (BU 2017), and Chorus in La bohème (TCO 2017). She performed with the Binghamton Baroque Orchestra as their featured soloist for their concert of Baroque Overtures and Arias (2018) and was invited back to perform for their benefit concert, Back to Baroque (2019). She was also featured as a solo performer in the BU Wind Symphony’s John Philip Sousa Concert.
Outside of traditional opera, Jordan is an active member of the new music community. She has performed several world premieres of art songs, chamber works, and opera, including her own, since 2014. Her latest opera composition premiere was Krampusnacht (2017), in Boise, Idaho with HomeGrown Theatre’s Horrific Puppet Affair. She recently placed first with composer, Nathan Scalise in the New York City SongSLAM competition using a piece from their collaborative cycle, “Big Sky.” She will premiere three new song cycles for soprano by Nathan Scalise and Brian Hosefros in the spring of 2019. She will also premiere her newest opera in Battle Mountain, Nevada this October. She also looks forward to producing and performing in Opera Elect’s 2nd Annual New Music Summer Series of 2019.
Jordan received her Bachelor of the Arts in Music at The College of Idaho in 2014. She studied with Dr. Mari Jo Tynon and performed under the baton of Dr. Brent Wells and cellist, Sam Smith. Her undergraduate credits include Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Lucy in The Telephone, Semele in Semele, and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, two of which she stage directed. She was also the featured soloist for oratorio and orchestral performances; Vivaldi’s Gloria, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Tavener’s Song of the Angel, and Rachmaninov’s Vocalise.
After graduating from The College of Idaho in 2014, Bowman began her professional career by founding an opera production company with Zachary Buker, Opera Elect, and performing for Opera Idaho. With Opera Elect she has composed, produced, performed, and toured world premieres of new opera and operetta. Her roles include "Jillian" in Tomorrow, Tomorrow by Nary & Greene, "Helen" in The Fortune Teller by Bowman & Bowman, and "Mother" in Lullaby: a horrific puppet opera by Bowman & Bowman (studio recording). With Opera Idaho she performed the role of Un Paggio in Rigoletto, The Queen of the Night/Papagena in The Magic Flute (outreach), as well as understudied for Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Papagena in The Magic Flute.
Jordan has been involved in many facets of theatre and music performance growing up. She was raised in Idaho by a wild family of artists. At age four, her heart was set on becoming a professional singer. Jordan explored choir, musical theatre, heavy metal, and oratorio, until stumbling upon opera. She studied her first aria at seventeen after being inspired by Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and never looked back.
Edith Dull, managing director
"My entire childhood was filled with music, imagination, and magic, and I have not grown out of it. I have loved music for as long as I can remember, our family went on road-trips often and my parents had “Wee Sing” cassettes for the long car rides to keep us occupied. “Wee Sing” was a series of varying cassette tapes with children’s songs that were paired with a booklet of sheet music. To my parents surprise, a few years later, in 2001, I joined my 4th grade honors choir. The summer of 2002 my parents signed me up for a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Treasure Island” where I landed my very first onstage role as Male Villager #12. I was instantly hooked."
Edith is managing director of Opera Elect, and has her BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from The College of Idaho (2015). Her involvement with OE started in 2014 as director of their premiere operetta, Tomorrow, Tomorrow (2014), she then directed their second operetta, The Fortune Teller (2015). She was then appointed as managing director in 2016, which she gladly accepted. Edith also performs with OE as a mezzo-soprano during their New Music Concert Series.
Besides Opera Elect, Edith has had many notable opportunities in theatre and music in the Treasure Valley. During her time at C of I she started branching out to professional theatre companies in Boise and accepted her first title role as Veronica Livingstone in HomeGrown Theatre's, Veronica Livingstone, I Presume? (2012). She has stayed actively involved with HomeGrown Theatre over the years, her most recent role being "Andy" in Horizon Three (2018). Edith has used these connections to create collaborations between OE and HomeGrown in the Annual Horrific Puppet Affair with Lullaby (2016) and Krampusnacht (2017).
Alongside theatre and music, Edith has also modeled for Hill Street Studios, David Hiller Photography, and Anja Stoll Photography. She is also a cast member with EverAfter Enchantments, a party princess company in the Treasure Valley.
Currently, Edith lives in Homedale with her husband Andrew and their cat, Bilbo Baggins, and dog, Samus Aran (Sam).
Madelein Bowman, artistic assoc.
Madelein Bowman is a mezzo-soprano currently studying at the University of Idaho. She will graduate in 2020 having performed roles including ‘Nancy’ in Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring”, ‘La Ciesca’ in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”, and the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen”. She has worked in Opera Elect previously participating in opera parties and writing libretto for Opera Elect’s “The Fortune Teller”. She is super excited to be singing with OE in this summer’s New Music Series.
Rebecca Barnet, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca has been singing for eight years as part of choirs in her area. She has sung everything from Alto 2 to Soprano 2 in choir and is now exploring her range as a possible Soprano 1. She currently attends C of I and plans to double major in Music Education and Anthropology/Sociology. She hopes to someday teach voice lessons or lead a choir of her own.
Davis Fischer, bass
Davis Fischer, a bass-baritone from the College of Idaho, has participated in their opera production, and is a member of the chamber singers ensemble. He played as Betto in their recent production of Gianni Schicchi, and has experience in musical theatre and jazz as well.
Micaela Hulsey, soprano
Micaela Hulsey is a recent graduate from the College of Idaho. Micaela performed in all of her school operas, debuting as as “Gretel” in Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel her freshman year of college. Since then, she has also performed the role of “Lucy” (The Telephone), and “Suor Dolcina” (Suor Angelica) and “Lauretta” (Gianni Schicchi). She has also traveled to sing in programs at Sun Valley, Idaho, and Urbania, Italy. She has also placed at multiple competitions both regionally and nationally, receiving ﬁrst place at NATS her freshman year of college, and second place her sophomore year of college, as well as a regional winner for The Classical Singer Competition her senior year of high school.
Anna Hurst, soprano
Anna Hurst is currently a student studying Vocal Performance and Music Education at Boise State University. She performs with the university's three choirs: Meistersingers, University Singers, and Vox Angelis. Anna and her husband live in Meridian with their 4 children.
Kendra Kae, soprano
An Idaho native, Soprano Kendra Kae is applauded for her stunning sound and intuitive musicality. She recently performed with Opera Elect for their 2019 new music series where she was featured as a soloist performing several new works including the premier of the opera Parainphernalia by Taja and Anna Astar. She’s also a resident company member of Opera Idaho where she recently completed a performance of Acis and Galatea as an ensemble member. This summer, she performed in Italy at the famed Narnia Festival. As part of the festival's sacred program, she performed Mascagni’s Ave Maria and Pergolesi’s Salve Regina among other performances. During the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Kae sang in the chorus of both Don Giovanni and Aida with Opera Idaho. She also graced many bars and recital halls through Opera Idaho and the Treasure Valley Opera Collective, where her performances ranged to include selections from Three Penny Opera, select excerpts from Mélodies passagères and The Desire for Hermitage by Samuel Barber, and selections from Orphée aux Enfers and Gianni Schicchi. She was also a soloist for Critical Mass’s production of Considering Matthew Shepard. Kendra completed her degree in Music Education magna cum laude from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2009. Having taught music for nearly ten years, she is shifting her focus to performance and is excited for wherever it may take her. She is in the resident chorus of Opera Idaho, Opera Elect, and sings with Critical Mass and The Boise Women’s Chorus. She is also a founder of the Treasure Valley Opera Collective.
Rebecca Pearce, soprano
Rebecca Pearce is a resident company member of Opera Idaho where she covered the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and enjoyed other roles such as; Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto. She performed in numerous other Opera Idaho events including; Ales and Arias, Opera Idaho Goes to the Library, Bel Canto Concert, Golden Age of Operettas, Art Song Series, Operatinis, Mostly Mozart Concert, Auction of Arias, Black and White Gala, Broadway Bingo and several other events. She is also Currently a Member of Opera Elect, a new upcoming Company featuring living Composers. She toured Rome and Orvieto, Italy, and covered the role of Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro for Operafestival Di Roma.
Rebecca is also a resident company member of Opera Elect, and Collaborates with Treasure Valley Opera Collective.
Rebecca placed in the nation's top 20 in both Musical Theater and Classical Emerging Pro Divisions in the National Classical Singer Vocal Competition 2019, top 40 in both categories in 2018, as well as top 40 in the National Classical Emerging Pro Division in 2016 and 2017. She was 4th in region at 2016 NATSAA 44th Annual NATS Artists Awards Competition for Singers. There, she was praised by judges for her “great stage presence and character,” “beautiful voice, impressive range, and absolute control.”
Locally, Rebecca Performs as lead singer with Trials and Tribulations Blues Band. She also just performed a sold out Patsy Cline tribute at the Sapphire room with Chad Spears and Gary Stafford. Rebecca recently performed as Grace Farrell in Boise Little Theaters production of Annie. She also performed Muzzy in Boise Music Week’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She was the vocal Director at Dreamweaver Productions over Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang, and Beauty and the Beast. She played Katherine in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew with Encore Theater. She was Guest Soloist for Something Special, Threads of Gold, and the LDS Women’s Area Conference. She was guest soloist for Boise Hymns of Thanksgiving 2019 and 2017 at Century Link Arena and broadcast on PBS. Rebecca organizes and performs For the Love of Music concert series with pianists Chad Spears, Sean Rogers, Kelsey Webb, Betsi Hodges, Jeff Romero, and Lydia Brady including guest artists Sara Stejskal, Andrew Peck, Jason and Michelle Detwiler, and Curtis Crafton. As well as organized and performed A Night to Dream, Doris Day to Donizetti, and Patsi Cline to Puccini Concerts with Chad Spears and Kelsey Webb. Rebecca served as both MC and soloist at Impact Dance Alzheimer Benefit Concert and the 2018 Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Concert. She was guest soloist and conductor at the Boise Refugee Benefit Concert at Cathedral of the Rockies, guest artist at the Detwiler’s Party of 4 concert, sang with St. Luke’s Hospice Singers, guest soloist and conductor at Meridian's Community Collaborative Easter Program, Boise Festival of Trees soloist, and performed for several other private and corporate events including singing the National Anthem at several Boise Hawks’ games. Rebecca also works on recording projects with violinist Kevin Lee at the Romantic School of Music in Southern Utah, and as a voice talent for radio commercials and film for local businesses including Mind Wind Films.
Rebecca has been a soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah , Vivaldi's Gloria, and a Charles Gounod Concert. She soloed for Peter Covino's Orchestral Choir, performed with EVMCO Millennial Choirs in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Brady Allred’s Salt Lake Choral Artists, and St. George Heritage Choir among others.
Rebecca was classically trained by the Utah Shakespearean Company, And grew up performing in musical theater such roles as; Narrator in Bad Guys of Broadway, Dora in Fiorello, Grandma Tzeitle and Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Eponine and Cosette in Les Miserable, Nightingale of Samarkand and Princess number 12 in Once Upon a Mattress. She starred as Eliza Snow and Sarah Brown Young in Utah Historical Pageants. She also performs Bluegrass, Jazz, Cabaret, and American Songbook.
Rebecca has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 20 years and is the proud mother of four talented children. She currently operates her own voice and piano studio. She has led church choir, children’s choir, and community music groups for over 20 years and volunteers in schools and communities.
Andrew Peck, tenor
Alethea Ruddy, soprano
Alethea is a 2016 graduate from The College of Idaho where she studied Mathematics, but has always had a heart for music, especially vocal performance. She performed as “Belinda” (Dido and Aeneas) and “Papagena” (The Magic Flute) in her school’s operas.
Zach Buker, co-founder
Zach Buker has his masters degree in Music from the University of Washington Class of 2017. As one of the original founders of Opera Elect, he helped set the foundation for where it stands today. For instance- contracts, tour-planning, and fundraising were among his major contributions. He performed alongside Jordan and various other OE artists to help bring to life what makes the company unique- opera parties, creative collaborations, and a casual experience for the not-so-experienced audience member. He has also been a choir director and featured soloist for multiple church venues- including the United Methodist Church in Meridian, ID and the University Temple United Methodists Church in Seattle, WA. He has taught both at the private and collegiate levels and someday wishes to have his own voice studio.
Currently, Zach is serving in the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted 0621 radio operator. Unfortunately, he will not be able to perform in our 2020 Summer Season.