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April 2007 - No. 4


The Editor
Return of Spring
Hoffnung im Frühling
Der Osterspaziergang
Let Us Be Lovers
Paul Bernhard Berghorn
An Austrian Delight
K-W & Beyond
Musings of a "Schulleiter"
The Club
Herwig Wandschneider
50th Treaties of Rome
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Alicier Arts Concert
The Merry Widow
Mooredale Concert Season Concludes
CanStage Presents
Orchestra Toronto
Backstage Toronto 2007
Kristine Bogyo
Living Arts Centre
Deborah Voigt, soprano
Combat Climate Change
Glass Sky Bridge

Toronto Debut:


with Brian Zeger, piano

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Roy Thomson Hall

$125 - $40 - 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

She’s a vocal powerhouse with "one of the world’s most thrilling voices, a sun-drenched soprano capable of filling a hall made for symphony orchestras with self-amplified brilliance…"The New York Observer

American soprano Deborah Voigt, one of today’s greatest interpreters of dramatic opera roles by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, also enjoys great acclaim in such popular Italian roles as Tosca, Aida, Leonore in La forza del destino and Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera. Active as a recitalist and singer of Broadway standards, Ms. Voigt has also given master classes and made numerous recordings. This recital marks her Toronto debut. The varied programme consists of repertoire by the classical masters such as Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, and Respighi; American composers Amy Beach and Leonard Bernstein are also featured.

Deborah Voigt makes regular opera appearances in the great opera houses of Europe and North America, and has collaborated with such esteemed maestri such as Sir Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, and Christoph Eschenbach. This current full-scale recital tour takes Deborah Voigt, with her frequent collaborator, pianist Brian Zeger, to her home state of Florida, to the West Coast and abroad. New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican are two notable venues among many. As well as singing performances of Wagner, Strauss, Puccini and Verdi, Ms. Voigt added the title role of Ponchielli's La Gioconda to her extensive repertoire. She has sung starring roles the world over in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Egyptian Helen and Friedenstag, as well as Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Die Walküre, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Der fliegende Holländer.

Ms. Voigt, an exclusive EMI Classics artist, released her second solo CD, All My Heart (with pianist Brian Zeger) last season, earning wide acclaim. A critic for the Washington Post praised the "discerning eye" behind the adventurous choice of repertoire, "performed by a voice outstanding not only for tone and power but for interpretive subtlety and emotional nuance." More recently, she is featured in a DVD in the title role of Ponchielli’s opera La Giocandona from Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House. Cast members are Richard Margison, Ewa Podles (who appeared at Roy Thomson Hall last month), Carlo Guelfi, Elisabetta Fiorello, Carlo Columbbara, and the Barcelona Opera.

A devotee of Broadway and American song, Deborah Voigt has given several other acclaimed performances of popular fare, including benefit concerts for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and New York Theater Workshop. She has performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Barbara Cook and Dianne Reeves. Millions of viewers heard Ms. Voigt sing America the Beautiful on NBC’s nationwide broadcast of Macy's Independence Day fireworks show in 2004, and later witnessed her majestic ride down Broadway in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Ms. Voigt is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and was Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year 2003. For more information, please visit

This concert concludes Roy Thomson Hall’s 2006-2007 International Vocal Recitals series.

Sponsored by Lexus.


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