|STEPHANIE HOUTZEEL, MEZZO-SOPRANO|
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Short version of the artist's biography
Mezzo‐Soprano STEPHANIE HOUTZEEL was born in Kassel, Germany and grew up near Boston. She studied Political Science and French at Middlebury College before obtaining her Master’s at the Juilliard School. She won top honors at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition of which she's a laureate and at the Juilliard Vocal Arts Debut Competition.
She has been a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble since 2010 where her roles include Octavian, Komponist, Dorabella, Orlofsky, Nicklausse or Jenny Hill. She created the role of Miranda in the Vienna world premiere of Adès’ The Tempest and the role of La Haine in Vienna’s first production of Armide (Gluck) - a role she debuted with Opera Lafayette.
The Strauss “trouser-roles” have taken Stephanie around the world: she sang Octavian opposite Renée Fleming at the Kennedy Center, with Anja Harteros in Vienna and under Philippe Jordan in Paris. She has sung Komponist in Zurich, Vienna and Tokyo under Fabio Luisi, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Franz Welser-Möst and Marek Janowski.
Equally at home in baroque, classic, romantic and contemporary repertoire, a personal highlight has been the title role in Handel’s Serse, both at the Komische Oper Berlin and in Graz, which garnered Stephanie a nomination for Austria’s Music Theatre prize. Further engagements have taken her to the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals, to the Semperoper Dresden, New York City Opera, Lyon, Copenhagen, Theater an der Wien, La Monnaie Brussels, the Flanders Opera, Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg, the Israeli Opera and Lisbon.
Stephanie has performed in concert with many of the world’s leading orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and is also a regular recording artist. She sings title role on Opera Lafayette’s recording of Armide (Lully) and the mezzo part in Mozart's Requiem recorded with MusicAeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis (alpha productions label).
During the current season 2020/2021 she will sing Prinz Orlofsky in Fledermaus at the opera houses of Nantes, Angers, Rennes and Avignon.
Matinee Concert for the Vienna State Opera's 150th Anniversary