Voigt Lessons is a one-woman theatrical performance developed by Deborah Voigt with award-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valor! Compassion!, et. al.) and renowned director Francesca Zambello.
Debuting to great acclaim at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011, Voigt Lessons uses the beloved soprano’s personal story and professional career as the basis for a revealing and captivating script featuring Voigt singing songs and arias that have been important to her throughout her life.
Lasting approximately 75 minutes, the work, staged and supervised by Richard Jay-Alexander, chronicles the ups and downs of Voigt’s highprofile opera career as well as life off the stage – from her loves found and lost to her many triumphs as one of the world’s leading dramatic sopranos; from her preparation to take on the most challenging role in all opera – Brünnhilde in Wagner’s epic “Ring” Cycle, to her battle with alcohol and other addictive behavior.
Accompanied by a pianist, Voigt performs a dazzling and deeply touching range of music, from pop songs, standards and spirituals, to art songs and arias; all the while, she demonstrates her trademark warmth, openness and sense of humor.
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