by Paula Citron
Soprano Deborah Voigt is one of the great superstars of this age. Her concert included unfamiliar songs by Mozart, Verdi, Richard Strauss, Respighi, Beach and Bernstein. She sang with intelligence, clarity and great expression. Her beautifully coloured voice arced and soared. So why was I not moved?
It could be that Voigt had a music stand. Obviously this material is new to her, but the stand could have acted as a barrier. Secondly, perhaps she is such a consummate professional that she made it look too easy. Voigt certainly connected to the audience with the odd gentle banter and knowing looks, but it was not an emotional bond, at least not for me.
From my admiring distance, I heard glorious phrasing, perfect articulation, and even tones throughout. Voigt is a masterful singer indeed.
Her accompanist was the wonderful Brian Zeger who is simply a king of nuance, emphasis and teamwork. Long may he reign over the piano keys.
From Roy Thomson Hall, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.