Deborah Voigt in Recital
She recently made the cover of the Opera News “Diva Issue” — no contest there. In a world of prima donna assolutas, Deborah Voigt takes the crown. The statuesque blonde with the sparkling blue eyes and Mae West verve was born to be Brunhilde, and is considered today’s leading exponent of Wagnerian opera, as well as our foremost dramatic opera soprano, period. But it doesn’t stop there. Voigt can, it seems, sing anything to perfection, from Verdi and Richard Strauss to more delicate Mozart arias, intimate Amy Beach songs and full-bodied Broadway standards — the latter showing off her “wicked” sense of humor. “Radiant,” “opulent,” “gleaming” and “voluptuous” are just some of the adjectives that critics have used to describe Voigt’s exquisite, powerful instrument, which has been known to nearly drown out an orchestra and probably gives her leading men the vocal workout of their lives. This week, we have the rare opportunity to hear Voigt in recital, singing off-the-beaten-track art songs by Verdi, Strauss and Respighi; Mozart’s little-known “Eine Kleine Deutsche Kantate”; and the American lieder of Beach and Bernstein, with her wizard of an accompanist, Brian Zeger. Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sun., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.; $25-$100. (213) 972-8001 or www.laopera.com.
—Mary Beth Crain
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