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Stephanie HOUTZEEL, Mezzo-Soprano


American Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Houtzeel is a soloist at the Vienna State Opera where she regularly sings Octavian, der Komponist, Dorabella, Orlofsky, Nicklausse, Kreusa (Medea/Reimann), Jenny Hill (Mahagonny) or Miranda (The Tempest/Adès). In 2016 she created the role of La Haine in Vienna’s first production of Gluck’s Armide, as well as the role of Vera in the world-premiere of Patchwork by Tristan Schulze.

In recent seasons, the role of Octavian has also taken Stephanie to the Paris Opera (under Philippe Jordan) and to the Kennedy Center (with Renée Fleming/Christoph Eschenbach). She sang the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos under Fabio Luisi (Zurich), Franz Welser-Möst and Sir Jeffrey Tate (in Vienna) and in a highly-acclaimed 2016 series in Tokyo under Marek Janowski. 

An additional highlight has been the title role in Xerxes, at the Komische Oper Berlin and at the Oper Graz, which garnered Stephanie a nomination for the 2016 Austrian Music Theatre Award. 2016 also marked her debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele (Wellgunde/Waltraute/Second Norn). She will return to Bayreuth in 2017, both for the Ring and as Venus in a new staging ofTannhäuser, produced for young audiences. 

Stephanie Houtzeel’s extensive repertoire, ranging from Ottavia to Marguerite, Arsace to Charlotte, Idamante to Meg Page, Rosmira (Handel) to Amando (Ligeti), has taken her to the Salzburger Festspiele, the Semperoper Dresden, Opéra de Lyon, the Royal Danish Opera, the New York City Opera, Theater an der Wien, Opéra National du Rhin, the New Israeli Opera, the Grazer Oper or the Vlaamse Opera.

Stephanie Houtzeel appears regularly in concert and in festivals around the world – most recently with Valery Gergiev and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Recordings include her 2016 solo Lieder album Nostalgia with Charles Spencer (Capriccio), the title roles in both Lully’s Armide (Naxos) and von Suppé’s Fatinitza (CPO) as well as the alto solos in Mozart’s Requiem (under Teodor Currentzis/Alpha Records). 

Ms. Houtzeel's 2017/2018 season will feature, in addition to Bayreuth, returns to the Vienna State Opera (as Octavian and Prince Orlofsky), to the Komische Oper Berlin (as Xerxes), her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden and a US/European recital tour of her Nostalgia program.

CV-update: pre-season 2017/2018

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