Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt!
Happy Birthday Deborah Voigt! On the heels of a sell-out for 'Deborah Voigt: Voight Lessons', this past weekend at The Art House in Provincetown, MA, we want to celebrate 'Debbie's' birthday, where we found out, on this day, that she's teaching at Glimmerglass. 'Mark Cortale Presents' has his Broadway Series at The Art House in Provincetown for the 2015 Summer Season, where the show was standing room only.
This summer has been packed with superstars for the series, with upcoming engagements including Norm Lewis, and the pairings of Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, and Audra McDonald & Will Swenson...all in tandem with Seth Rudetsky.
BroadwayWorld first saw Voigt Lessons at the 92Y where it was very well received and it's just now starting to tour. The piece was created by Voigt, Terrence McNally and Francesca Zambello. Cortale, who spent the first 15 years of his career in opera, was thrilled to present the piece. Deborah Voigt has been a great friend to BroadwayWorld since we first saw her perform with Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall in 'The Evolution of a Soprano'. That was directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, as is Voigt Lessons. Voigt, Jay-Alexander and Kevin Stites are currently working on putting together a musical program for concerts that will run the gamut of musical styles. Also last year, Jay-Alexander invited her to join an all-star lineup, conducted by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, for the Opening Gala of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, where she stopped the show with 'With One Look' from Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Sunset Boulevard and was then joined on stage by Norm Lewis for a thrilling 'I Loves You Porgy' from the Gershwin's Porgy & Bess.
Below, we celebrate the star's birthday with exclusive footage of her joining Kristin Chenoweth on stage at Carnegie Hall, and Norm Lewis in Orlando!
Deborah Voigt is recognized as one of the world's most versatile singers, known for the unique power and beauty of her voice, and for her captivating stage presence. Having made her name as a leading dramatic soprano, she is internationally acclaimed for her performances in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, and more, and is also an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs. In addition to her extensive discography, she appears regularly as both performer and host in the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters around the world. Her new memoir, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva, was published in January of this year.
Under James Levine's leadership, she made her role debut as Marie in Berg's Wozzeck, opposite Thomas Hampson at the Met. Throughout her career, Voigt has given definitive performances of iconic roles in German opera, from Richard Strauss's Ariadne, Salome, Kaiserin (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and Chrysothemis (Elektra) to Wagner's Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), and Isolde. She is also noted for starring roles in Strauss's Egyptian Helen, Der Rosenkavalier, and Friedenstag; Wagner's Lohengrin; and Berlioz's Les Troyens, and her portrayals of such popular Italian roles as Tosca, Aida, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (La forza del destino), La Gioconda, and Minnie (La fanciulla del West).
A devotee of Broadway and American song, Voigt has given acclaimed performances of popular fare, including benefit concerts for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and New York Theatre Workshop. She has sung with Barbara Cook and Dianne Reeves at the Hollywood Bowl, and given performances in Lincoln Center's long-running American Songbook series, singing Broadway and popular standards. In the summer of 2011 Voigt was critically praised as Annie Oakley at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, headlining both Irving Berlin's beloved "Annie Get Your Gun" and her own "Voigt Lessons." In concert, she collaborated with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, and made a pair of special guest appearances, duetting with singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright at London's BBC Proms, and joining Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth for a medley of music and comedy at Carnegie Hall.
Elsewhere during the 2014-15 season, Ms. Voigt has reprised her star turn in Francesca Zambello's Salome for her Dallas Opera debut; made her title role debut in a new staging of The Merry Widow at Michigan Opera Theater; and undertook the roles of Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser at the Hamburg State Opera. In concert, she headlines the Las Vegas Philharmonic's opening-night gala and season-closing events at both the Pacific Symphony and the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony. As WQXR's inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence, she co-hosts the opening-night broadcast of Carnegie Hall Live, hosts the classical station's new fall series The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt; hosts and performs at the New York Public Radio Gala; and co-hosts a number of opera events and masterclasses at WQXR's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
We look forward to what's coming next. Happy Birthday Deb! If you haven't read her book yet, click here to purchase.