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Stephanie HOUTZEEL, mezzo-soprano

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Press Reviews:

The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Wiener Staatsoper:

"Stephanie Houtzeel is an undoubted new asset to the Staatsoper ensemble. Her Komponist is a handsome, passionate and credible figure, vocally solid and noble in tone." - Moore Parker, The Opera Critic, March, 2011

"Stephanie Houtzeel, in the role of the Composer, delivers perhaps the most convincing Strauss-tone of the evening." - Die Presse, March 9, 2011

Dorabella in Così fan tutte - Wiener Staatsoper:

"Houtzeel is a believable actress capable of great expression.  This becomes clear, for example, in the duet with Guglielmo (Ildebrando d'Arcangelo)....together they create a theater-piece out of nuanced, musical drama." - Die Presse (Wilhelm Sinkovicz), January 24, 2011

Kreusa in Medea (Aribert Reimann) - Wiener Staatsoper:

"The Vienna public was introduced to a new Kreusa with Stephanie Houtzeel: displaying a beautiful, full-sounding voice and the dance-like moves of girlish naivete that this role requires." - Oper in Wien, November, 2010

"Stephanie Houtzeel, with a clear mezzo and dancing movements, prevents Kreusa from being a pale [character]." - Wiener Zeitung, 2 December 2010

Second Norn in GötterdämmerungWiener Staatsoper:

“Nadja Krasteva, Stephanie Houtzeel and Caroline Wenborne are three Norns with eminent vocal radiance, each one with their own character. Together, they lead us with conviction into the Tragedy of the Worlds, in that they take over the intense philharmonic tone and transform it into a vocal one.” – Die Presse (Wilhelm Sinkovicz, April 14, 2011)

Recital – Vienna Musikverein:

“In songs by Borodin, Carter, Ives, Davidovsky, Reutter, as well as by Brahms and Debussy, Houtzeel displayed power, vocal sophistication, a cultivated technique and an expressiveness throughout her (vocal) range.  For her, singing means making chamber music with her partners. After appearances as Octavian, Dorabella, and especially as Kreusa in Reimann’s Medea, one can look forward to her next performances at the Staatsoper.” – Die Krone, February 28, 2011

Operatic repertoire

Der Komponist, Ariadne auf Naxos
Wiener Staatsoper (Sir Jeffrey Tate, Michael Guettler/Production: Filippo Sanjust)
Opernhaus Zurich (Ulf Schirmer/Production: Cesare Lievi)
Koelner Oper (Markus Stenz/Production: Uwe Eric Laufenberg)
Israeli  Opera (Asher Fisch/Production: Uwe Eric Laufenberg)
Grazer Oper (Phillippe Jordan)
Vlaamse Oper (Ivan Törzs/Production: Paul Curran)

Octavian, Der Rosenkavalier
Wiener Staatsoper (Asher Fisch/Production: Otto Schenk)
Opéra National de Paris (Philippe Jordan/Production: Herbert Wernicke)
Israeli Opera (Asher Fisch/Production: Maximillian Schell)
Grazer Oper (Johannes Fritzsch/Production: Marco Arturo Marelli)
St. Gallen Opera (Jiří Kout/Production: Christoph Loy)
Landestheater Linz (Wolfgang Bozic/Production: Beverley Blankenship)

Dorabella, Così fan tutte
Wiener Staatsoper (Jérémie Rhorer/Production: Roberto de Simone)
Opéra National du Rhin (Ottavio Dantone/Production: David McVicar)

Prinz Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus
Wiener Staatsoper (Franz Welser-Moest/Production: Otto Schenk)
Opéra de Lyon (Emmanuel Krivine/Production: Peter Langdal)
Grazer Oper  (Philippe Jordan/Production: Gabriele Rech)

Idamante, Idomeneo
Grazer Oper (Paul Goodwin/Production: Herbert Kapplmueller)
Opera Lafayette, Washington, DC (Ryan Brown)

Sesto, La clemenza di Tito
Grazer Oper (Michael Hofstetter/Production: Michael Sturminger)

Varvara, Katja Kabanova
Wiener Staatsoper (Franz Welser-Moest/Production: André Engel)

Ottavia, L’incoronazione di Poppea
Dresden Semperoper (Rubén Dubrovsky/Florentine Klepper)
Boston Early Music Festival (ML: Stephen Stubbs & Paul O’Dette/Production: Gilbert Blin)

Nicklausse, Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Lisbon Teatro Nacional São Carlos (Gregor Buehl/Regie: Christian von Goetz)
Vlaamse Opera (Patrick Fournillier/Production: David McVicar)
Oper St. Gallen (Andreas Stoehr/Production: Franziska Severin)
Landestheater Linz (Ira Levin/Production: Karoline Gruber)

Kreusa, Medea (Reimann)
Wiener Staatsoper  (Michael Boder/Production: Marco Arturo Marelli)

Marguérite, La Damnation du Faust
Vlaamse Oper ( Paulo Carignani)
Estonian National Symphony (Olari Elts)

Rosmira, Partenope (Handel)
New York City Opera, (Christian Curnyn/Production: Francisco Negrin)

Ino, Semele
Grazer Oper (Nicholas Kok/Production: Robert Carsen)

Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia
Vlaamse Oper (Ivan Törzs /Production: Guy Joosten)
Landestheater Linz (Wolfgang Bozic/Regie: Bernd Schmidt)

La Haine, Armide (Gluck)
Opera Lafayette, Washington, DC  (Ryan Brown)

Armide, Armide (Lully)
Opera Lafayette, Washington, DC (Ryan Brown)

Charlotte, Werther
Teatro Verdi  di Sassari (Juilan Kovachev/Production: Marco Carniti)

II. Dame, Die Zauberfloete
Wiener Staatsoper  (Ivor Bolton, Sebastian Weigle/Production: Marco Arturo Marelli)
Grazer Oper (Arnold Oestman/Production: Daniel Slater)

Valencienne, Die Lustige Witwe
Stadttheater Bern (Srboljub Dinic/Production: Guy Joosten)

Amindo/Le Grand Macabre
Grazer Oper (Johannes Stert/Production: Barry Kosky)

Zerlina, Don Giovanni
Grazer Oper (Philippe Jordan/Production: Christoph Loy)

Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro
Landestheater Linz (Martin Sieghart/Production: Henry Mason)

Don Ramiro, La finta giardiniera
Grazer Oper (Johannes Stert)

Other Repertoire performed –

Meg Page/Falstaff, Ariodante/Ariodante, Cenerentola(Angelina)/La cenerentola , Giacinta/La finta semplice, Galatea/Acis and Galatea, Diane/Orphée aux Enfers

 
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