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Deborah Voigt’s Brünnhilde returns to Met’s “Ring” in April

From Gotham to Germany and back, the ears of Wagner lovers will be ringing with the sublime tones of Deborah Voigt’s Brünnhilde. Fresh from her recent triumph in Götterdämmerung at the Metropolitan Opera – a portrayal that “thrilled,” according to The Wall Street Journal – America’s reigning dramatic soprano crosses the Atlantic to sing the Ring’s climactic “Immolation Scene” in concert with the Hamburg Symphony (Feb 18-19). Voigt again takes center stage in New York when the Ring tetralogy returns to the Met (April 7-May 12) for three complete cycles. Voigt’s Brünnhilde was transmitted worldwide in February when Götterdämmerung was featured in the ever-popular Met Live in HD series, and the singer will return as host of that series on April 14, when La Traviata is beamed to cinemas internationally.
The New York Daily News described Voigt’s turn in Götterdämmerung in vivid terms: “As Brünnhilde, the goddess downsized by love to mere mortal, Deborah Voigt was on fire … and not just when she sacrificed herself in an inferno. Her voice blazed with passion, especially when raging about Siegfried’s presumed betrayal.” New York Magazine’s Justin Davidson was another critic floored by Voigt’s performances, writing that the soprano “sounds charged, clear and ferocious… She husbands her energies for much of the evening, then unleashes the character’s badass side.” In The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini pointed out how her voice “sliced through the orchestra and throbbed with intensity.” Olivia Giovetti, WQXR’s Operavore, stated that Voigt’s portrayal was “a striking, frankly beautiful transformation,” culminating in “emotional catharsis.”
Following the reprise of the Met’s Ring, Voigt will join the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for a concert of arias by Beethoven, Wagner and Strauss (May 22-23), and she will appear with the Minnesota Orchestra to sing more signature repertoire – the “Dance of the Seven Veils” and final scene from Strauss’s Salome (June 7-10).
Deborah Voigt: upcoming performances
Feb 18, 19
Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg Symphony
“Immolation Scene” from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung
March 17
Washington, DC
Washington National Opera
Broadway concert
March 20
Fort Worth, TX
Bass Performance Hall
Recital (Van Cliburn Foundation’s “Cliburn Concerts”)
April 13 & May 7
New York, NY
Metropolitan Opera
Wagner: Die Walküre
April 21 & May 9
New York, NY
Metropolitan Opera
Wagner: Siegfried
May 12
New York, NY
Metropolitan Opera
Wagner: Götterdämmerung
May 22, 23
Montreal, Canada
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Opera arias by Wagner, Beethoven, and Strauss
June 7, 8, 9 & 10
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Orchestra
Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils and final scene from Strauss’s Salome

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