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Bethlehem, Pa., October 21, 2008—Moravian College’s annual Great Artist Series will present a special evening with world-renowned soprano Deborah Voigt on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. In addition, Voigt will conduct a master class with Moravian College vocal students on Thursday, November 13 at 11 a.m.
Voigt is one of today’s most esteemed interpreters of the dramatic opera roles of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner and also enjoys great acclaim in popular Italian operatic parts. She is an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards, has an extensive discography, and has given enthusiastically-received master classes. For her Moravian Concert, she will perform the “American Songbook,” featuring well known songs from a variety of Broadway musical productions, such as The Music Man, Follies and Showboat.
Voigt studied at California State University at Fullerton. She was a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, and won both the Gold Medal in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition and First Prize at Philadelphia’s Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and was Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year 2003. In 2007 she received an Opera News award for distinguished achievement.
Voigt’s diverse repertoire includes starring roles in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Walküre, Fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, and Lohengrin and in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Egyptian Helen, Elektra, Rosenkavalier, and Salome, as well as a number of international appearances. She has received accolades in such Italian roles as Amelia, Aida, Lady Macbeth, Tosca, and Leonora and as Cassandre in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. A devotee of Broadway and American song, she has given acclaimed performances of popular fare, including benefit concerts for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and New York Theater Workshop. Her solo discs for EMI Classics are All My Heart – songs by American composers – and the best-selling Obsessions, with arias and scenes by Wagner and Strauss. In her performances, Voigt has been praised by audiences and critics alike, earning rave reviews from publications like the Washington Post and Variety.
Admission to the November 12 recital is $50 and the November 13 master class is $10. For more information, call the Music Department at 610 861-1650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Foy Hall is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church Streets, in historic Bethlehem, Pa. The Great Artist Series is sponsored in part by the Moravian College Music Alliance, The Rider Pool Foundation, The Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, Amaranth Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.