Born in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Havelock, North Carolina, American mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel is in her first year of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This fall with WNO she can be seen as Curra in The Force of Destiny. She returned to the Young Artists Program at The Glimmerglass Festival in summer 2013, where she performed the role of Mary in The Flying Dutchman. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and is currently a participant in the Young Artists Program of Seattle Opera, where she has appeared as Giulietta in Un giorno di regno and the Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica. Recent credits include Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program and with CCM; other CCM performances include Marguerite in La damnation de Faust, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mother Goose in The Rake's Progress, and Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia. She has also appeared as Marthe in Faust and Lily/Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess with Dayton Opera. Recent concert appearances include soloist in Stravinsky's Les Noces, Penderecki's Credo, and Handel's Messiah. In 2009 she won the Andrew White Award in the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition, and the following year took home the competition's Seybold/Russell Award.