During her 22 years on the professional stage, soprano Deborah Voigt has become one of opera's most iconic and influential figures. Her radiant tone has delighted audiences across the globe in some of the most challenging operatic repertoire; yet Voigt's success has not been without adversity.
Hear Voigt's incredible journey from the artist herself in her autobiographical stage work, "Voigt Lessons," featured by the Celebrity Series of Boston. In a sequence of songs and operatic snippets,Voigt takes us through her triumphs and struggles, from her first formal voice lesson to her empowering return to the stage after grappling with alcoholism, obesity, and a deteriorating marriage. Known to her public as the down-to-earth diva, she will surely bring her signature wit and charm to this artful retelling of her inspiring story.
Playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello have helped sculpt Voigt's unique experiences into a 75-minute solo show, which premiered in 2011 at the Glimmerglass Festival to great acclaim. Voigt is scheduled to perform "Voigt Lessons" at the appropriately intimate Wimberly Theatre Nov. 21 and 22, 2013. In late April, Voigt will make a second appearance in this season's Celebrity Series lineup in a vocal recital at Symphony Hall. The program will include songs by an exciting array of composers, including Richard Strauss, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, and Amy Beach.