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
All My Heart - American Songs / Deborah Voigt, Brian Zeger
Release Date: 09/13/2005   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 57964   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met  [21 DVD Box Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1135701355 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  John Corigliano,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
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  • 27.
    James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met [32 CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1135701354 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Hector Berlioz,  Claude Debussy,  John Harbison  ... 
    Performer:  David Kuebler,  James Courtney,  Hanna Schwarz,  Clifton Forbis  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 28.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Levine, Voigt, Dessay
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 41867 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Susanne Mentzer,  Natalie Dessay,  Richard Margison  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 29.
    Opera 2009 / Pavarotti, Callas, Domingo, Brightman, Villazon, Gheorghiu, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64192 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jacques Offenbach,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Naouri,  José Carreras,  Teresa Berganza,  Sarah Brightman  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Michael Plasson,  Michel Plasson,  Paul Bateman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Levine, Voigt, Heppner, Morris
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7448222 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Deborah Voigt,  James Morris,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 31.
    American Classics - Foster, Griffes, Copland: Songs / Hampson, Ungar, Voight, Henricks, Zeger, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 34479 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Foster,  Jay Ungar,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jay Ungar,  David Alpher,  Peter Ecklund  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 32.
    American Classics - Ives: Songs, Piano Trio, Violin Sonatas No 2 & 4 / Voigt, Zeger, Dicterow, Stepansky, Margalit
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 34450 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Brian Zeger,  Israela Margalit,  Glenn Dicterow  ... 
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  • 33.
    Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau, Symphonies, Preludes / Conlon, Isokoski, Voigt
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 9456 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  David Kuebler,  Donnie Ray Albert,  Boje Skovhus  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  Düsseldorf Städtischer Musikvereins Chorus
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  • 34.
    Wagner: Scenes And Arias / Domingo, Voigt, Dessay
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97683 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Natalie Dessay,  Placido Domingo,  Violeta Urmana
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Metropolitan Opera Gala - James Levine's 25th Anniversary
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000460209 Release Date: 11/22/2005  
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Jerry Hadley,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 36.
    All My Heart - American Songs / Deborah Voigt, Brian Zeger
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57964 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Ben Moore,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Zeger,  Deborah Voigt
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  • 37.
    James Levine - Documents Of The Munich Years
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 509 Release Date: 08/01/2005   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Charles Ives,  John Harbison  ... 
    Performer:  Ben Heppner,  James Morris,  Linda Watson,  Birgitta Svendén  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir,  Bamberg Symphony Chorus
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  • 38.
    Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde / Thielemann, Voigt, Moser, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000225002 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Petra Lang,  Robert Holl,  Peter Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 39.
    Deborah Voigt - Obsessions - Wagner And Strauss / Armstrong
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57681 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Natascha Petrinsky
    Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Rossini Gala / Norrington, Horne, Von Stade, Voigt, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62078 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Henry Runey,  Jan Opalach,  Craig Estep  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
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  • 41.
    Strauss: Friedenstag / Sinopoli, Voigt, Dohmen, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463494 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Albert Dohmen,  Johan Botha,  Jon Villars  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 42.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Sinopoli, Voigt, Heppner, Dessay, Von Otter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471323 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Albert Dohmen,  Romuald Pekny  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 43.
    Wagner: Love Duets / Domingo, Voigt, Pappano, Covent Garden
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57004 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Deborah Voigt,  Violeta Urmana
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 44.
    R. Strauss: Don Juan, Vier Letzte Lieder, Etc / Masur, Voigt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 25990 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 45.
    Beethoven For Relaxation
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63328 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  James Galway,  Serge Edelmann,  Michael Schade  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Sir Colin Davis,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Berlioz: Les Troyens - Grand Scenes / Dutoit, Voigt
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458208 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Hélène Perraguin,  Françoise Pollet,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis,  Gary Lakes  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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  • 47.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Strauss: Elektra / Sinopoli, Marc, Voigt, Schwarz, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453429 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Alessandra Marc,  Elisabeth Wilke,  Goran Simic,  Siegfried Jerusalem  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Absolute Heaven / Robert Shaw, Atlanta So & Chorus, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80458 Release Date: 04/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Schubert,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Sylvester,  William Stone,  Marietta Simpson,  Heidi Grant Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampa Bay Master Chorale,  University of South Florida Chorus members,  Ohio State University Choir  ... 
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  • 50.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (Highlights) / Levine, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61969 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Birgitta Svendén,  Deborah Voigt,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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