Composer Lisa Bielawa’s Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser will feature world-renowned opera star Deborah Voigt singing “The Queen of Sweden,” a role created for her in Vireo’s Episode Eleven, “Circus,” to be shot on January 20, 2017 at the 16th Street Oakland Train Station in Oakland, California.
“But I just go on thinking and sweating / And cursing and crying / And turning and reaching / And baking and icing…”
Says the Glimmerglass press office: “Stephanie Blythe will perform in concert at The Glimmerglass Festival on Friday, August 5, at 4:30 p.m. The mezzo-soprano replaces Deborah Voigt, whose commitments have increased with her new position as a member of the full-time faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.”
Deborah Voigt has canceled her role debut as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Florida Grand Opera.
“I will never sing the role again. It was frightful. We were a set of madwomen…There is nothing beyond Elektra. We have lived and reached the furthest boundaries in dramatic writing for the voice with Wagner. But Richard Strauss goes beyond him. His singing voices are lost. We have come to a full stop.”
“The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in ‘Voigt Lessons’ created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM.”
So, in the Michigan Opera Theatre production of The Merry Widow, is Deborah Voigt channeling Joan Sutherland…
What does it mean anyway to get to know a diva, and why exactly would we wish to do such a thing?