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".
Most recent engagements included soloist in Haydn’s Creation with Boise Baroque, and a return to Opera Idaho debut Eunice (Streetcar Named Desire) and Rosette (Manon), and a reprise of her role as Suzuki. Next season, she will debut Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking with her hometown Opera Idaho.
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.