Nominated one of the best up-and-coming singers of 2003 by Opernwelt magazine for her performance of the Composer in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the mezzo-soprano Stephanie Houtzeel has appeared at the Zurich, Antwerp, Graz and St. Gallen opera houses. Her operatic career has taken her to Graz and Linz in Austria, as well as to Germany, where she has sung a number of major rôles. Also active in baroque repertoire, she has sung the title rôle in Handel’s Ariodante and Galatea in Acis and Galatea with the Opera da Camera Linz. She has toured with the Collegium Vocale Gent, singing the alto solos in cantatas and Masses of Bach, under Philippe Herreweghe, and appeared regularly with the Four Nations Ensemble of New York. Her first recording of Handel cantatas, with the Bouts Baroque Ensemble, received high praise from several publications. Since her 1997 recital début at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, she has appeared in concert series including the New York Festival of Song, Chamber Series of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Styriarte Graz, International Bruckner Festival and Great Performers Series of Lincoln Center. She has appeared as a concert soloist under conductors including Dennis Russell Davies, Philippe Jordan, Pinchas Steinberg, Eric Ericsson and Claus Peter Flor. In January 2004 she made her début at the Vienna Musikverein as soloist in Mahler’s Third Symphony.