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“A formidable display of vocal power and dramatic assurance,” mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel made her début with The Metropolitan Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa), her début with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Roméo et Juliette (Gertrude), her Carnegie Hall début in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and her New York Philharmonic début alongside Eric Owens in In Their Footsteps: Great African American Singers and Their Legacy.

In the 2023-24 Season, Nansteel has house débuts with LA Opera in Highway 1, USA (Aunt Lou), the Atlanta Opera in Die Walküre (Roßweiße), and she will sing Il trovatore (Azuecena) with Opera Santa Barbara and Hänsel und Gretel (Gertrud) with Opera San Antonio. Nansteel will be seen with the Utah Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and act three of Wozzeck, and she joins the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for their 150th Anniversary celebration of Verdi’s Requiem.

In the 2022-23 Season, Ms. Nansteel returned to the Metropolitan Opera in La traviata (Annina) and for their concert tour of Otello, and she had her house début with San Francisco Opera in their productions of Eugene Onegin and Dialogues des Carmélites. Nansteel also débuted a role in Aida (Amneris) for both Opera Grand Rapids and Finger Lakes Opera, performed in Hänsel und Gretel (Gertrud) for New Orleans Opera, appeared as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem for Orchestra Iowa, and performed in Suor Angelica (Mother Abbess) for Opera Omaha.