Born in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Havelock, North Carolina, mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel is in her second season of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. She made her WNO debut last season as Curra in The Force of Destiny and was also seen as the Cat in the world premiere of The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me; in Breaking and Uncle Alex, part of the American Opera Initiative; and as The Third Lady in WNO's new production of The Magic Flute. Recent performances include Foreign Woman in The Consul (Seattle Opera) and Mary in The Flying Dutchman (while a member of The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program). She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and was also a participant in the Young Artists Program of Seattle Opera, where she 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 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 Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy. Upcoming engagements include Nettie Fowler in Carousel (The Glimmerglass Festival), Juno/Ino in Semele (Seattle Opera), and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Seattle Symphony).