Deborah Voigt's Acclaimed Brünnhilde Returns to the Met for Götterdämmerung, the Climax of Wagner’s Ring Cycle
"Style, gutsiness and passion" – New York Daily News on Voigt's BrünnhildeReigning American dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt once again brings Wagner's warrior-goddess Brünnhilde alive at the Metropolitan Opera when she stars in Götterdämmerung, the climactic chapter of the composer's epic Der Ring des Nibelungen tetralogy. The January 27-February 11 run of Götterdämmerung, in the new Robert Lepage production, follows her acclaimed performances as Brünnhilde in the cycle's preceding operas at the Met, Die Walküre and Siegfried. This Götterdämmerung will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide on February 11 as part of the Met's popular Live in HD series. The four Ring operas return to the Met in April for three complete cycles (April 7-May 12), with Voigt’s Brünnhilde taking center stage.
Impressed by Voigt as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times said that he had "seldom heard the role sung with such rhythmic accuracy and verbal clarity," while the Huffington Post raved that the power of Voigt's portrayal meant that "you could never take your eyes off her." And The Classical Review enthused at length over Voigt's Brünnhilde in Siegfried: "No special effects were offered to visualize the transformation of Brünnhilde from formerly feisty warrior-goddess to incandescent lover, but then, Deborah Voigt didn't need any. As it was, her performance felt more like a solo flight, her voluptuous high notes soaring over the orchestra."
Conducted by Fabio Luisi, the Met's Götterdämmerung also includes in the cast Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune), and Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried). Following her turn on stage at the Met, Voigt will join the Hamburg Symphony in Germany to sing the opera's "Immolation Scene" in concert (Feb 18-19).
Prior to her star turn in Götterdämmerung, Voigt hosts the Live in HD broadcast of the Met’s new Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island, on January 21.