American mezzo‐soprano Stephanie Houtzeel was born in Kassel, Germany and grew up near Boston. Her appearances as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Israeli Opera and the Graz Opera have been heralded as “vocally, dramatically and physically sublime” (Opera News). She was nominated one of the best up‐and‐coming singers by Opernwelt Magazine for her performance of the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos (under Philippe Jordan), and has gone on to sing this role in Zurich, Cologne, Tel Aviv, Antwerp and at the Vienna State Opera under Franz Welser-Möst and Jeffrey Tate. The Mozart roles of Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Idamante (Idomeneo) have also been central to her repertoire and have taken her to Vienna, Strasbourg, Washington, DC and Graz. For Sesto, Austria’s Die Presse wrote: “…rarely has one seen such a vocally outstanding and moving performance of Sesto as on this evening; thunderous applause for this world‐class performance!” In 2013 she sang Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for the first time in St. Gallen.
Heralded as “an ideal Singer-Actor” (Der Standard), in 2011/12 Ms. Houtzeel celebrated critical and public successes at the Vienna State Opera as both Varvara in the premiere of Katja Kabanova (under Franz Welser-Möst) and as Jenny Hill in the revival of Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Ingo Metzmacher). She also enjoyed a successful debut at the Royal Danish Opera as Arsace in Semiramide. In 2013 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Meg Page in Falstaff under Zubin Mehta and at the Theater an der Wien in Schubert’s Lazarus (Martha).
The roles of Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Charlotte (Werther) and Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) have sent her to the Dresden Semperoper, the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon, the Vlaamse Opera, the Grazer Oper and to Sassari. In 2010 she made her New York City Opera debut as Rosmira in Handel’s Partenope.
Concert appearances include Mahlerʹs Third Symphony and Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Vienna Musikverein and Avery Fisher Hall, appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bruckner Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Monnaie, the Norddeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, the Combattimento Consort, Musicians from Marlboro, styriarte Graz, the Haydn and Bruckner Festivals and Great Performers of Lincoln Center. She has collaborated in concert with conductors Adam Fischer, Dennis Russell Davies, Philippe Jordan, Pinchas Steinberg, Phillippe Herreweghe, Teodor Currentzis, Eric Ericsson, Claus Peter Flor, Jérémie Rohrer and Michael Hofstetter.
Ms. Houtzeel has recorded the title role in Lully’s Armide for the Naxos label as well as the title role in the world premiere recording of von Suppé’s Fatinitza (on CPO). She sings the Alto solos in Mozart’s Requiem under rising star Teodor Currentzis on a 2011 Alpha Records release. Her CD of Handel cantatas with the Bouts Ensemble (Raumklang) garnered high marks from both The American Record Review and Classics Today.
Ms. Houtzeel studied at New England Conservatory and at The Juilliard School. She was the first recipient of Juilliard’s Vocal Arts Debut Award as well as a Laureate at the International Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition.