of Chicago and raised in Southern California, Ms. Voigt attended Cal State
in Fullerton and then participated in the Merola Program at the San Francisco
Opera where she made her company debut as the Celestial Voice in Verdi's
Don Carlo. She first attracted world attention by winning first prizes
at the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition (1988) and other competitions.
She received the coveted Richard Tucker Award in 1992. Since then she has
become a leading dramatic soprano of her generation, praised for her lyricism
and beauty of tone.
Her breakthrough role was Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos which she sang in a Boston production earlier in the decade - a role she soon came to own. Although German opera ( e'g', as Sieglinde in Die Walkure, Senta in The Flying Dutchman, Chrysothemis in Elektra, and Agather in Der Freischutz), makes up a great part of her repertoire, she is equally at home with Italian opera. This October (1999) she sings her first Aida at the Met and in the past has sung Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, La forza del destino, and Lady Macbeth, and Bellini's Norma. She is as devoted to the concert platform as she is to the operatic stage and in addition has a number of successful recordings to her name.
Ms. Voight devotes much of her free time to working with youngsters, instilling in them an appreciation of classical music. Booked solid for years to come, Deborah Voigt clearly can look forward to a bright and long career in opera.