Deborah Voigt

Biography

Born: April 8, 1960; Chicago, IL  
Deborah Voigt is a leading dramatic soprano, particularly noted for singing Germanic repertory. The raw power and beauty of her voice, combined with unusually fine musicianship and interpretive genius, have made her one of the most sought-after singers of the 1990s and 2000s.

Voigt had little contact with classical music growing up. She was always musical, however, and while attending the University of California, Fullerton, she enjoyed
Read more singing with guitar for elementary school children (she calls this her "Julie Andrews/Sound of Music phase"). After graduation she was accepted into the San Francisco Opera's young artist program, where she received intensive coaching and small roles. From that experience, Voigt began carving out a respectable young career, and the magnitude of her talents soon became evident: while she was singing a small role in Richard Strauss' Elektra at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1987, an assistant conductor predicted that "someday [she would] make a wonderful Chrysothemis," referring to the major role of Elektra's sister, which has since become one of Voigt's signatures.

The next year she gained international fame as the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition; in 1990 she won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow; and in 1992 she won the Richard Tucker Award, which provides a generous award each year to an American artist showing exceptional promise for an outstanding career.

Starring as Ariadne in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos with the Boston Lyric Opera became Voigt's breakthrough performance. She repeated the role in her debuts in Munich and Vienna, and later that year she debuted at New York's Metropolitan Opera House as Amelia in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. In 1992 the prediction of that assistant conductor in Belgium came true when she sang Chrysothemis in a cast that included Hildegard Behrens and Leonie Rysanek and was conducted by James Levine. She rapidly became recognized as one of the most powerful dramatic voices in the world. David Patrick Stearns wrote in USA Today in August 1996, "There comes a point in a Deborah Voigt opera performance, at the end of a difficult aria, when you think she has given her all. Suddenly, the voice hits overdrive -- and a whole new level of vocal power. Audiences go wild."

Voigt has been most closely associated with the works of Strauss (Chrysothemis, Ariadne, the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Egyptian Helen) and Verdi (Lady Macbeth, Amelia, Aida, Leonora in La forza del destino). But later in the 1990s she began branching out into Wagnerian roles (Senta, Elsa, Sieglinde, Elisabeth). She is also famous for the part of Cassandra in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Mathilde in Rossini's William Tell and Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio. Her concert hall repertory includes Schoenberg's Guerrelieder, Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony, the Verdi Requiem, Mahler's Klagende Lied and Second and Eighth Symphonies, Rossini's Stabat Mater, and Strauss' Four Last Songs.

The early 2000s brought Voigt's career to a new level. In 2003 she sang the prized role of Isolde in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Vienna State Opera and was rewarded with a 23-minute ovation at the production's premiere on May 25. She sang four roles at the Met in New York in the 2003-2004 season and also made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in April 2004, with James Levine accompanying her. (She has also been known to commandeer the keyboard herself at times.) She was named 2003 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America, and as of the mid-2000s she was one of the world's most active and critically acclaimed sopranos. Read less
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  • 1.
    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Richard Strauss: Complete Operas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002013902 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Cäcilie Reich,  Eva Maria Rogner,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Berlioz Masterworks / Dutoit, Montreal [17-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001915202 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Johann Paul A. Martini
    Performer:  Françoise Pollet,  Deborah Voigt,  Gino Quilico,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Wagner: Die Walkure /  Westbroek, Kaufmann, Voigt, Levine, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754409 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Die Walkure / Westbroek, Kaufmann, Voigt, Levine, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001753959 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Siegfried / Terfel, Morris, Siegel, Voigt, Levine, Luisi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754509 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Siegfried / Terfel, Morris, Siegel, Voigt, Levine, Luisi [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754059 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Gotterdamerung / Voigt, Morris, Konig, Meier, Luisi, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754609 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Jay Hunter Morris,  Waltraud Meier,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Gotterdamerung / Voigt, Morris, Konig, Meier, Luisi, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754159 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Jay Hunter Morris,  Waltraud Meier,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Richard Wagner - Great Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 543504 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ben Heppner,  Deborah Voigt,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Birgitta Svendén  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Marek Janowski,  Joseph Keilberth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Twilight Of The Gods - The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001724902 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jennifer Johnson,  Eric Owens,  Lisette Oropesa,  Tamara Mumford  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725109 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725059 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner’s Dream / Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001735609 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jay Hunter Morris,  Deborah Voigt
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner’s Dream / Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001735559 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Jay Hunter Morris
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West / Voigt, Giordani, Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001667909 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Lucio Gallo,  Deborah Voigt,  Marcello Giordani,  Keith Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Luisotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West / Voigt, Giordani, Luisotti, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001709559 Release Date: 08/07/2012  
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Dwayne Croft,  Keith Miller,  Marcello Giordani,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Luisotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Voices Of German Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40497 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Edda Moser,  Kurt Moll,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Berislav Klobucar,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Sinopoli, Voigt, Heppner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 662155 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hanna Schwarz,  Franz Grundheber,  Sabine Hass,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 20.
    Opera 2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 70954 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Joyce DiDonato,  Rolando Villazón,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Dan Ettinger,  Kazushi Ono,  Marcello Viotti  ... 
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    Berlioz: Les Troyens / Dutoit, Lakes, Pollet, Voigt, Ainsley
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001616402 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Françoise Pollet,  Deborah Voigt,  Gino Quilico,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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  • 22.
    Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Callegari, Voigt, Guelfi , Podles
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107291 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli
    Performer:  Josep Miquel Ribot,  Carlo Guelfi,  Richard Margison,  Ewa Podles  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Callegari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
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  • 23.
    Viva Domingo!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48757 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Keith Erwen,  David Cangelosi,  Renata Scotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  John Barker,  Eugene Kohn,  Asher Fisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Schoenberg: Gurrelieder / Jansons, Voigt, Fujimura, Andersen, Pecoraro
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900110 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Michael Volle,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  North German Radio Chorus  ... 
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    100 Best Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47472 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Arrigo Boito,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Reri Grist  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  John Barker,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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