Born in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Havelock, North Carolina, Deborah Nansteel is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she recently received a Master of Music in Voice and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Opera. She received Bachelor of Music degrees in both Vocal Performance and Vocal Jazz Studies from East Carolina University. Recent credits include Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Merola Opera Program in 2011 and CCM in 2009; 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 at CCM; Marthe in Faust and the dual roles of Lily and the Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess with Dayton Opera; and Tituba in The Crucible at ECU. She has also sung the soprano solos in Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Penderecki’s Credo at CCM and was a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Memphis Symphony in 2011. In 2009, Nansteel won the Andrew White Award in the Corbett Opera Scholarship competition, the Seybold/Russel Award in the same competition the following year, and was a winner in the 2005 National Orpheus Vocal Competition. As a 2012/13 Young Artist, she will sing Giulietta in Un Giorno di Regno and make her Seattle Opera debut as The Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica on the mainstage.