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Deborah Nansteel

Fannie Lou Hamer

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Is This America?

“A formidable display of vocal power and dramatic assurance,” mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel made her début with The Metropolitan Opera as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, her début with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, her Carnegie Hall début in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and her New York Philharmonic début alongside Eric Owens in In Their Footsteps: Great African American Singers and Their Legacy.

This season, Ms. Nansteel makes her house début singing Azucena in Il trovatore with Opera Colorado, returns to Los Angeles Opera as Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette and Dayton Opera as Amneris in Aida, sings the role of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer in White Snake Project’s world premiere production of Is This America?, and joins Minnesota Opera for their Glam Jam Gala.

Last season, Nansteel had house débuts with Los Angeles Opera as Aunt Lou in Highway 1, USA and The Atlanta Opera as Roßweiße in Die Walküre, in addition to performing the roles of Azucena in Il trovatore with Opera Santa Barbara and Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera San Antonio. As a concert soloist, Nansteel was seen with the Utah Symphony in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and act three of Wozzeck, she joined the American Symphony Orchestra as the Israelitish Man in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus under Mo. Leon Botstein, and she appeared in the world premiere of Joel Thompson’s Fire and Blue Sky commissioned by Russell Thomas for Los Angeles Opera.