Deborah Nansteel


The American mezzo-soprano’s recent successes have included Emilia/Otello and Marthe/Faust (both at Washington National Opera), Alisa/Lucia di Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera debut), and roles in several contemporary works: the Mother/The Consul (Opera Saratoga), the Mother/Blind Injustice (world premiere, Cincinnati Opera), Brigitta/Die tote Stadt in concert  (Bard Music Festival), Lucinda/Cold Mountain (North Carolina Opera, after creating the role at The Santa Fe Opera), Sister Helen/Dead Man Walking (Opera on the Avalon), and Granma/The Grapes of Wrath and Grace/Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King (both at Michigan Opera Theater). Nansteel has also portrayed and Nettie/Carousel and Elvira/An American Tragedy at the Glimmerglass Festival. She debuted with the New York Philharmonic début alongside Eric Owens in In Their Footsteps: Great African American Singers and Their Legacy

The mezzo-soprano is an alumna of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the young-artist programs of Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Seattle Opera.

Previously at Lyric: Paula/Florencia en el Amazonas (2021/22); Suzuki/Madama Butterfly (2019|20); Siegrune/Die Walküre (2017|18); Gertrude/Romeo and Juliet (2015|16).


Last updated: May 19, 2021