Nancy Gustafson has performed in most of the leading opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Opéra National, Paris, Chicago Lyric Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Hamburg State Opera. Born in Evanston, Illinois, she studied at Mount Holyoke College and Northwestern University.
She made her European operatic début at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and followed this with débuts at the Bavarian State Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Wagner’s Ring, at the Paris Opéra as Marguerite, at the Teatro alla Scala as Eva in Die Meistersinger and at the Vienna State Opera as Violetta in La traviata.
She has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the most important conductors of our day including Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Christian Thielemann, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Marcello Viotti. She has won special praise for her interpretations of the Four Last Songs and the Final Scene in Salome in concerts with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras.