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10/19/18 Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano with John Milbauer, piano

Buckley, Arms, Amherst College
Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM (ET)

American 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 Masters Degree at the Juilliard School. She won top honors at the International Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition and at the Juilliard Vocal Arts Debut Competition. She has been a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble since 2010 where she has sung a wide variety of leading roles including Octavian, der Komponist, Dorabella, Orlofsky, Nicklausse, Kreusa (in Reimann’s Medea) and Jenny Hill in Mahagonny. In 2015 she created the role of Miranda in the Vienna world premiere of Thomas Ades’ The Tempest and in 2016 the role of La Haine in Vienna’s first production of Gluck's Armide conducted by Marc Minkowski

Stephanie Houtzeel’s performances in the Strauss repertoire have been heralded around the world. Her most recent appearances as Octavian were opposite Anja Harteros in Vienna, at the Opéra Bastille under Philippe Jordan and at the Kennedy Center with Renée Fleming and Christoph Eschenbach. Nominated one of the best up-and-coming singers by OPERNWELT Magazine for her ‘Komponist,’ she has gone on to sing this role under both Sir Jeffrey Tate and Franz Welser-Möst (Vienna), in Zürich under Fabio Luisi and most recently in Tokyo under Marek Janowski.

The figurative rose of the night went to Houtzeel... She was completely convincing in the part, carrying off the wooing of two other women in concert dress without the slightest vestige of awkwardness and more than holding her own with Fleming with her easy-sounding vocal warmth.” - Anne Midgette, The Washington Post


Tales and Memories -
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) - Canción al arbol del olvido, op. 3
Charles Ives (1874-1954) -Songs my Mother taught me
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) – Rheinlegendchen
Gustav Mahler – Ablösung im Sommer
Carlos López Buchardo (1881-1948) - Prendiditos de la mano

Regret -
Gustav Mahler - Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Charles Ives – Like a Sick Eagle
Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000) – Pampamapa (Aire de huella)
Gustav Mahler - Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer

- Intermission -

Sights, Sounds, Smells -
Charles Ives - Down East
Charles Ives - Ann Street
Charles Ives - Housatonic at Stockbridge
Gustav Mahler - Ich atmet‘ einen linden Duft
Carlos Guastavino – Encantamiento

Loss –
Charles Ives - The Indians
Charles Ives - Tom Sails away
Gustav Mahler - Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
Alberto Ginastera – Triste, op. 10, no. 2
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) - Los pajaros perdidos

10/20 masterclass: 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Free and open to the public. Buckley Recital Hall.


Amherst College Concert Office
P. O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
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