Deborah Voigt Set for Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK, 3/6-22
With James Levine on the podium, and Thomas Hampson in the title role, Deborah Voigt will make her role debut as Marie in Alban Berg's harrowing opera Wozzeck at New York's Metropolitan Opera (March 6 - 22). The revival of this "arrestingly abstract " (New York Times) staging of Berg's landmark opera is highly anticipated, pairing two beloved American singers with a conductor - the Met's music director - who is widely regarded as one of the work's most passionate advocates. The fifth and final performance of Wozzeck this season will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 22 in the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series on WQXR 105.9 FM and online at www.wqxr.org. In April, Voigt heads out for a four-city recital tour, taking her to three venues in California and a return engagement in the 75th anniversary season of Boston's popular Celebrity Series. On May 14, she returns to the Met to host the "Live in HD" broadcast of Rossini's La Cenerentola.
Based on a play by Georg Büchner that was left unfinished when he died in 1837, Wozzeck is a grim work focusing on a lowly and mentally unstable soldier who kills Marie, the mother of his child, in a fit of jealousy. The opera is noted for its uncompromising, atonal style - inspired, in part, by the work of Berg's teacher and fellow composer Arnold Schoenberg - and searing intensity. Berg began work on the opera in 1914, but was delayed by the start of World War I and his call to military service. The Austrian composer took it up again in 1917 and completed it in 1922, with a world premiere following in 1925 at the Berlin State Opera under the direction of Erich Kleiber.
Deborah Voigt comments: "I am extremely excited to take on the musical and emotional challenges of this role, and am honored to perform it with such favored colleagues. We all know that this is a work close to the heart of James Levine, and it is a special honor to sing my first Marie under his guidance on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera."
Last season at the Met, Voigt sang the role of Brünnhilde in Wagner's complete "Ring" cycle. A Blu-ray disc recording of Robert Lepage's staging of the cycle for the Met won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording of 2013, showcasing Voigt in a role that she made "exciting and expressive" (New York Times) with a voice that "blazed with passion" (New York Daily News).