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Deborah Voigt makes Dallas Opera debut in title role of “Salome” (Oct 30)

Deborah Voigt makes her long awaited Dallas Opera debut on October 30, with a reprise of her star turn in the title role of Francesca Zambello’s hit production of Salome. The soprano and director have enjoyed a professional relationship for more than two decades, and indeed it was in Zambello’s staging of the biblical tale that Voigt gave her first performances as Strauss’s heroine at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Opera News proclaimed her role debut “inarguably a standard-setting one,” and the New York Times agreed; declaring it “a personal and artistic triumph,” Anthony Tommasini confessed: “I have never heard her sing with such fearless intensity.” The soprano will be joined in Dallas by baritone Greer Grimsley as John the Baptist and tenor Robert Brubaker as Herod, with conductor Evan Rogister leading from the pit (Oct 30–Nov 8). Further information is available here.

The present season also sees one of Voigt’s most personal projects come to fruition, with the HarperCollins publication of her candid, funny, and soul-baring memoir Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva, set to hit bookstores on January 27. Also this season she makes her title role debut in a new staging of The Merry Widow at Michigan Opera Theater, and undertakes the roles of Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser at the Hamburg State Opera – her first time singing both roles in the same production. To launch her new appointment as WQXR’s inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence, she co-hosted the opening-night broadcast of Carnegie Hall Live, joining WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon to present the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle and Anne-Sophie Mutter live in concert from the New York venue. She herself headlines season-closing events at both the Pacific Symphony and the USM Symphony, which she joins for “An Evening with Deborah Voigt.” Meanwhile, as returning Artist-in-Residence at the Washington National Opera, the beloved soprano continues mentoring young singers in the company’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program throughout the season.

Deborah Voigt: 2014-15 engagements and special events

Oct 30; Nov 2, 5 & 8
Dallas, TX
Dallas Opera / Evan Rogister
Strauss: Salome (title role)

Nov 17
New York Public Radio Annual Gala (host)

Dec 21, 26; Jan 4 & 17
Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg State Opera / Bertrand de Billy
Wagner: Tannhäuser (Venus/Elisabeth)

Jan 27
Publication of Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva

Feb (dates TBA)
Book tour

March 2–8
Washington, DC
Washington National Opera

April 11, 15, 18 & 19
Detroit, MI
Michigan Opera Theater
Lehár: The Merry Widow (title role; role debut)

April 25
Hattiesburg, MS
University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra / Jay Dean
Season finale: “An Evening with Deborah Voigt”
Strauss: “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome
Ben Moore: Three American Songs (world premiere of orchestral version)
Works by Wagner and popular Broadway selections

May 11–17
Washington, DC
Washington National Opera

May 24– June 5
Montreal, Canada
Montreal International Musical Competition (jury member)
June 11–13
Santa Ana, CA
Pacific Symphony Orchestra / Carl St. Clair
Wagner: Selections from Götterdämmerung

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