Deborah Voigt News

American Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-18 SeasonAmerican Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

The American Symphony Orchestra today announced the 56th season of its Vanguard series, running from October 11, 2017 through March 1, 2018. Music director Leon Botstein will conduct all concerts in the series, which this year includes a performance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in addition to three concerts at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

'Well-Strung' Announced as Headline Entertainment for 3rd Annual Diversity Honors'Well-Strung' Announced as Headline Entertainment for 3rd Annual Diversity Honors
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2017

Critically acclaimed singing string quartet Well-Strung has been announced as the headline entertainment for the third annual Diversity Honors at Hard Rock Live presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino set for Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. The much-anticipated event to benefit the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park will serve as a kick-off to Harvey Milk Day events around the world and will showcase those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness. (more...)

Well-Strung to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below for Pride WeekWell-Strung to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below for Pride Week
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Well-Strung, the critically acclaimed singing string quartet, returns to Feinstein's / 54 Below in New York by popular demand on June 25 and July 10. (more...)

Lisa Bielawa's Made-for-TV Opera VIREO to Premiere on KCET This SpringLisa Bielawa's Made-for-TV Opera VIREO to Premiere on KCET This Spring
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network, announced today that the world's first made-for-TV opera 'VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser,' composed and conceived by Lisa Bielawa, will make its world broadcast television premiere on Tuesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on both KCET in Southern California and Link TV (DirecTV375 and Dish Network 9410) nationwide. (more...)

PAULO SZOT Comes to NJPAC Saturday, 5/6PAULO SZOT Comes to NJPAC Saturday, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with Paulo Szot. A Tony Award winner for South Pacific, Paulo Szot is renowned for his performances on Broadway, the world's great opera stages and in intimate cabaret settings. (more...)

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Launches Curated Channel on Apple MusicSan Francisco Conservatory of Music Launches Curated Channel on Apple Music
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) today announces the launch of a new channel on Apple Music, curated by SFCM. The Conservatory will begin to publish playlists on a weekly basis, highlighting the commercial recordings of SFCM's guest artists, faculty members, and other musicians within the SFCM community. (more...)

MasterVoices Announces Establishment of The Roger Rees Fund for Musical TheaterMasterVoices Announces Establishment of The Roger Rees Fund for Musical Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) announces the establishment of The Roger Rees Fund for Musical Theater, honoring the late stage, film and television actor Roger Rees and celebrating the company's long, warm and fruitful artistic collaboration with him.   (more...)

American Symphony Orchestra to Perform Elgar's 'The Apostles' at Carnegie Hall for Season FinaleAmerican Symphony Orchestra to Perform Elgar's 'The Apostles' at Carnegie Hall for Season Finale
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

American Symphony Orchestra presents Elgar's oratorio The Apostles on Friday, May 12, 2017, the final performance of its four-concert series at Carnegie Hall this season. Music director Leon Botstein will lead the Orchestra and the Bard Festival Chorale in Elgar's magnificent and rarely-heard choral work. (more...)

Jason Forbach and Phoenix Best Sign on for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's EVITAJason Forbach and Phoenix Best Sign on for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's EVITA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Jason Forbach, who was recently featured in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables and Phoenix Best who made her Broadway debut in The Color Purple will star in this summer's production of Evita at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. (more...)

New Amsterdam Singers to Present LIFE IS BUT A DREAMNew Amsterdam Singers to Present LIFE IS BUT A DREAM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

New Amsterdam Singers (NAS), led by Music Director Clara Longstreth, will present its final concert of the season titled "Life Is But a Dream," featuring premieres of works by American composers Robert Paterson, Ronald Perera, and Ben Moore inspired by poetry and folk melodies, and a World-Premiere Commission based on Shakespeare texts by Matthew Harris in honor of the chorus's upcoming 50th anniversary. The concert will take place Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 554 West End Avenue (at 87th Street). (more...)

MasterVoices presents BABES IN TOYLANDMasterVoices presents BABES IN TOYLAND
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), closes its 75th anniversary season with Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland on April 27, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). The production will be conducted and directed by MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature Kelli O'Hara (Contrary Mary), Bill Irwin (Master Toymaker), Christopher Fitzgerald (Alan), Lauren Worsham (Jane), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Tom Tom), Jonathan Freeman (Uncle Barnaby), Chris Sullivan (Gonzorgo), Jeffrey Schecter (Roderigo), Michael Kostroff (Chief Inspector Marmaduke), and Blair Brown (The Narrator), with the 130 singers of MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Musical Staging by Andrew Palermo, Costume Consulting by Tracy Christensen, and Concert Adaptation by Joe Keenan and Ted Sperling. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

The Merola Opera Program launches its 60th Anniversary season on Sunday, June 11 with a Benefit Gala at City Hall and a concert immediately following at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, featuring some of the acclaimed Merola program's most illustrious participants. The 60th Anniversary concert will feature performances by Merola alumni from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and current and recent participants, including: soprano Deborah Voigt (1985); mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick (1983); Mark Morash, pianist and Merola Opera Program Music Director (1987); and soprano Tracy Dahl (1985); soprano Kristin Clayton (1993), mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook (1990), Bojan Knezevic, bass-baritone (1992, 1993, 1994), and John Churchwell, pianist (1996); baritone Quinn Kelsey (2002); 2013 Merola graduates mezzo-soprano Zanda Šv?de and tenors Pene Pati and Issachah Savage; soprano Julie Adams, and bass Anthony Reed,  all from 2014; Amina Edris and Toni Marie Palmertree, sopranos; and Brad Walker, bass-baritone, both from 2015; and 2016 artists Sarah Cambidge, soprano; Amitai Pati and Kyle van Schoonhoven, tenors; Andrew G. Manea, baritone; John Elam and Jennifer Szeto, pianists; and director Aria Umezawa. (more...)

2017 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series Concludes, 5/302017 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series Concludes, 5/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

The 2017 Schwabacher Debut Recitals series concludes on Sunday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m., with a recital by a trio of San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows featured with collaborative pianist Warren Jones in a program of Italian and French repertoire. (more...)

ROCK OF AGES' Dan Domenech to Star as 'Che' in EVITA at Pennsylvania Shakespeare FestivalROCK OF AGES' Dan Domenech to Star as 'Che' in EVITA at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival announced today that Broadway, film and television actor Dan Domenech will star as Che in Evita this summer at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. The production opens the Festival's 26th season. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Renée Fleming sings her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin in the Met's new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, opening April 13. Robert Carsen directs the new production—the company's first new staging of the piece since 1969—with Sebastian Weigle conducting all performances. The starry cast includes El?na Garan?a in her company role debut as the Marschallin's young lover, Octavian, opposite Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between Marschallin and Octavian; Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin's oafish cousin; Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Sophie's father Faninal; and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Kathleen Kim sings Sophie in the April 28 and May 1 performances.   (more...)

Dallas Opera Announces The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for
Women Conductors 2017 San Francisco ReunionDallas Opera Announces The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors 2017 San Francisco Reunion
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

In connection with its twenty-year commitment to address a long-standing gender imbalance at podiums throughout the opera world, The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that this year's annual reunion of the Fellows of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera will take place at the famed War Memorial in San Francisco, California, in partnership with the San Francisco Opera. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), one of the most highly praised operas of recent years, airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, April 2 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) (more...)

San Francisco Conservatory of Music to Honor San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink, 4/18San Francisco Conservatory of Music to Honor San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will honor San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink at its Spring 2017 Gala, taking place Tuesday, April 18. Serving as the symphony's executive director since 1999 and previously as general manager from 1990-1994, Assink is regarded as one of America's leading arts administrators. (more...)

2017 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Continue April 9 with THE WOODS: A ROM-COM RECITAL2017 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Continue April 9 with THE WOODS: A ROM-COM RECITAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

The 34th season of Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday,April 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater with mezzo-soprano Renee Rapier, bass Anthony Reed and pianist and San Francisco Opera Head of Music Staff John Churchwell. They will present The Woods: A Rom-Com Recital, a series of songs by American composers compiled by Reed into a narrative with original dialogue. The performance will be directed by first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Aria Umezawa. (more...)

Schwabacher Debut Recitals at San Francisco Opera Features Renee Rapier, Anthony Reed and John Churchwell, 4/9Schwabacher Debut Recitals at San Francisco Opera Features Renee Rapier, Anthony Reed and John Churchwell, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

 The 34th season of Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater with mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier, bass Anthony Reed and pianist and San Francisco Opera Head of Music Staff John Churchwell. They will present The Woods: A Rom-Com Recital, a series of songs by American composers compiled by Reed into a narrative with original dialogue. The performance will be directed by first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Aria Umezawa. (more...)

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