Stephen Lancaster

Stephen  Lancaster

Faculty, Associate Professor of the Practice, Voice

AMusD, University of Michigan
MM, University of Notre Dame
BMus, Moody Bible Institute

624 O'Neill Hall of Music and Sacred Music
(574) 631-7832

Described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine), baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through diverse repertoire in concert, recital, and opera. Winner and Audience Favorite in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition and winner of The American Prize for men in art song and oratorio, he has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Centro Cultural de Belém, Petit Palau de la Música Catalana, and Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

Recent performances include recitals for Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Musique dans le Grésivaudan, and Festival de Musique d’Uzerche; Le bal masqué and Pulcinella with the South Bend Symphony Chamber Orchestra. A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed programs in New York, Paris, and Frankfurt and for 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), and his recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series was broadcast live by WFMT Chicago.

Concert credits include the Fauré & Duruflé Requiems at Carnegie Hall presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY); Symphony no. 9 with the South Bend Symphony; Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest, Warren Symphony, and Oakland Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. Fisher Music Center; Five Mystical Songs with UMS Choral Union at Hill Auditorium; Ein Deutsches Requiem with Chorosynthesis in Seattle and with Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra; The Bells and Belshazzar’s Feast with Holland Symphony. He has appeared as soloist in a wide range of repertoire, including An American Requiem, Kindertotenlieder, In Terra Pax, Dona Nobis Pacem, and various works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

On the operatic stage, highlights include Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Dancaïro in Carmen with Eugene Opera; Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with Apotheosis Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Atlantic Music Festival; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Notre Dame; 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.

A lover of new music, Lancaster was recorded in the west-coast premiere of John Musto’s Book of Uncommon Prayer as a Stern Fellow at SongFest and has premiered numerous works by American, Canadian, and British composers at the Atlantic Music Festival. He also enjoys crossing the boundary between classical and popular music: he toured Taiwan with a collaborative recital program “Art Song vs. Broadway” and routinely performs arias and popular songs on tour with the Notre Dame Concert Band.

Born and raised in Canada, Lancaster earned certificates in piano and voice from The Royal Conservatory of Music before moving to the United States. He holds degrees in vocal performance from the Moody Bible Institute, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan and currently serves as Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Notre Dame, where he heads the graduate studio in voice. He is also active in sacred music, performing regularly in concert with organist Kevin Vaughn and serving as Parish Organist and Choir Director at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana.