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 of the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition and 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 and Le bal masqué with the South Bend Symphony Chamber Orchestra. A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed programs in New York, Paris, and Frankfurt 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), 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 performed 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.
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 enjoys crossing the boundary between classical and popular music: he toured Taiwan with a collaborative recital program “Art Song vs. Broadway” and 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. Winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (central region), he holds degrees from the University of Michigan (A.Mus.D.), the University of Notre Dame (M.M.), and Moody Bible Institute (B.Mus.) and 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 his husband, organist Kevin Vaughn, and serving as Parish Organist and Choir Director at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana.