“A fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine), baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through a diverse repertoire of vocal music. Winner of the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition and The American Prize in art song and oratorio, he has been featured as a soloist in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, and Centro Cultural de Belém.
Chamber performances include recitals for Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Musique dans le Grésivaudan, Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion, and Festival de Musique d’Uzerche. A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed programs in New York, Paris, and Berlin and for the Eure-et-Loire Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, and Brooklyn Art Song Society. He has recorded an album of French art songs with pianist Martin Katz, Le Menu des Mélodies (Centaur Records) as well as Dichterliebe & Liederkreis, Op. 39 with fortepianist Laure Colladant (Blue Griffin).
Concert credits include the Fauré & Duruflé Requiems at Carnegie Hall presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY); Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest; Five Mystical Songs with UMS Choral Union at Hill Auditorium; Ein Deutsches Requiem at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle and with Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. Operatic credits include Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Dancaïro in Carmen with Eugene Opera; Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with Apotheosis Opera; Schaunard in La bohème, Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Morales in Carmen with Arbor Opera Theater; creating the role of Jaques in As You Like It by Roger Steptoe.
Lancaster enjoys collaborating with composers; he created the baritone role in “Seven Living Words for the HIV Positive” by Thomas Schuttenhelm with Chorosynthesis and has premiered numerous works at the Atlantic Music Festival. As an ensemble singer, he performs with the Grammy award winning vocal ensemble Conspirare and the Sphinx Organization’s EXIGENCE vocal ensemble and has performed with TACTUS and Schola Antiqua. He performs sacred music in concert with his husband, organist Kevin Vaughn; their album, Sacred Song, was released by Albany Records. He also serves as Associate Professor of the Practice and Head of the Graduate Voice Studio at the University of Notre Dame. www.stephenlancaster.com