Bass-baritone Andrew Gilstrap is a first-year member of the 2019-2020 Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program. His roles this season include The Guardian of Orest in Elektra, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Immigration Officer in Flight, and Masetto in Don Giovanni.
Most recently, Gilstrap has performed on the stage of Wolf Trap Opera, which he attended as a member of the Studio in both 2017 and 2018. There he sang the roles of Usciere (Rigoletto), Gregorio (Romeò et Juliette), andThe Goldsmith (The Juniper Tree), as well as performing in scenes programs. He has also sung as a soloist with several Texan orchestras, including Mercury: Orchestra for the World and the Denton Bach Society; works included Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and a collection of Mexican Baroque Christmas songs. He sang with the National Orchestral Institute as a soloist in their concert Pops Extravaganza: Bernstein at 100.
Gilstrap completed both his degrees (BM, 2016 and MM, 2018) at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. In his six years there, he sang many roles, but highlights included Mustafà (L’italiana in Algeri), the leading role in the world premiere of Robert Nelson’s School for Scandal, Reverend John Hale (The Crucible), Frère Laurent (Romeò et Juliette), and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). He is a student of Timothy Jones.