Deborah Voigt

United States, 1960

Deborah Voigt is one of the world’s most versatile and distinguished dramatic sopranos. Through her performances and television appearances, she is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice, as well as for her captivating stage presence. Voigt has given definitive performances of iconic roles in German opera, from Wagner’s Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin) and Isolde to Strauss’s Ariadne, Salome, Kaiserin (Die Frau ohne Schatten), and Chrysothemis (Elektra). She starred as Brünnhilde in Robert Lepage’s visionary interpretation of Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; the DVD set featuring her performance won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording of 2013. Among many awards, she received the Gold Medal in Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition and First Prize at Philadelphia’s Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her memoirs Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva were published in 2015.