By Diane Malone
23 Jan 2008

On January 23rd, Lincoln Center celebrated their 10th Anniversary of the American Songbook Series with Opera Diva Deborah Voigt opening the season in the gorgeous Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, in the Time Warner Center, in New York City.

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International Opera soprano Deborah Voigt performed and enchanted the audience with a selection of unusual and classic Broadway show tunes through two shows on the same evening. Against the stunning backdrop of the Allen Room’s view of Central Park and the sparkling lights of the Manhattan skyline, Deborah Voigt captured more fans with her stylish interpretations of the classics. Under the musical direction of tony award-winning Ted Sperling, Deborah Voigt performed tributes to the legendary Barbara Cook and Julie Andrews. Her tones were regal with semi-operatic flair as she performed songs by Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, and Stephen Sondheim. In between the selections, she shared with the audience her fond childhood memories performing Broadway show tunes as well as her performance as Agnes Gooch in a high school musical theater production of “Mame”.

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Deborah Voigt joined pianist Ted Sperling for a melody of songs including “I Love A Piano” exhibiting her further musical skills. Ted Sperling was also her vocal partner for an arrangement of songs from the 1929 musical “Sweet Adeline”, such as “Why Was I Born?”.
Deborah Voigt is scheduled to perform her first Isolde from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera with tenor Ben Heppner for 8 performances from March 10–28.
The 2008 American Songbook Series runs from January 23rd to March 1 with a dazzling variety of scheduled performances including cabaret, R&B, pop, rock,country, and folk. Visit Jazz at Lincoln Center for more information to purchase tickets.

All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2008