DEBORAH VOIGT has been hailed by critics and opera audiences around the world as the preeminent dramatic soprano of our time. According to the New York Times, "Ms. Voigt, clearly in her prime, is astonishing. Her sound is at once earthen and gleaming...Simply glorious."
The widely-acclaimed preeminent soprano of our time in the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, Deborah Voigt has starred in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Die Walkü:re, Der fliegende Hollä:nder, Tannhä:user and Lohengrin; and in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (the title role is virtually her signature), Elektra, Die Ä:gyptische Helena, Friedenstag, Salome, and -- for the first time -- Der Rosenkavalier, whose Marschallin joined Ms. Voigt's extensive repertoire in January 2005 in Berlin.
Deborah Voigt's summer travels in 2005 take her from Brussels to Hollywood, and from New York, Paris and Canada to Tanglewood. In addition to participating in Tanglewood's opening night concert, she gives a solo recital and appears for the first time anywhere in the role of Wagner's Brü:nnhilde when she sings the "Immolation Scene" from Gö:tterdä:mmerung on July 16. Ms. Voigt joins Barbara Cook and Dianne Reeves at the Hollywood Bowl in a program called "Great American Women" for three concerts at the end of July.
Ms. Voigt is also heard frequently in concerts, recitals and recordings, having made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in April 2004 to enormous acclaim. Her first solo recording - scenes and arias from operas by Wagner and Strauss, on EMI Classics - was released in April 2004. Deutsche Grammophon released a live recording of the Vienna State Opera's Tristan und Isolde, in which she first sang the part of Wagner's Irish princess. Her discography includes many other complete opera recordings. Her newest solo recording for EMI Classics is of American songs, to be released later in 2005.
Deborah Voigt has received accolades as Aida, Lady Macbeth, and Leonora (in both La forza del destino and Il trovatore); as Cassandre in Les Troyens; and as Chrysothemis, Elisabeth, Elsa and Senta at major international opera houses. She has sung these and other leading roles with such internationally renowned conductors as James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Leon Botstein, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Christian Thielemann, as well as Sir Georg Solti and Giuseppe Sinopoli.
After studying at the California State University at Fullerton and in San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, Ms. Voigt won First Prize at the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in 1988, and the Gold Medal at Moscow's 1990 Tchaikovsky Competition. Ms. Voigt holds France's prestigious title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and she was Musical America's Vocalist of the Year 2003.
Her website can be found at deborahvoigt.com.