This was the highlight of that entire gala. Seriously. When she got to the line about Kathleen Battle, I did a total spit take. Also, Debbie makes the best “JUDGING YOU” faces. Ever. I love it so much.
This Fall, Deborah Voigt Joins Faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Internationally revered operatic soprano Deborah Voigt has been appointed to the full-time voice faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). Beginning in the fall of 2016, Voigt, known the world over for her “majestic voice” (WSJ), will bring to SFCM the benefit of singing experience that spans an extraordinary spectrum, from her renowned performances in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, and more, to her celebrated recital appearances and acclaimed presentations of Broadway standards and popular songs. Through private lessons and masterclasses with Voigt, select SFCM voice students will have the unique opportunity to gain insight and training from one of the world’s most versatile singers and music’s most endearing personalities.
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I can’t stop watching/listening to the end of Act 3 of Die Walkure. I was fortunate enough to see the recent Met Opera’s production of it live in HD and was absolutely blown away.
How does Wagner manage to create something that is a fairytale, a grand tragedy, a psychological drama, an epic fantasy, AND combine it with the most glorious, emotional, complex music?
And then look at this ending of the opera (kindly videoed on an iphone from someone in the Met). From about 10.36 we have the wonderful finale. Wotan (Bryn Terfel), king of the Gods, has been forced to punish his beloved daughter and Valkyrie Brunnhilde (Deborah Voigt) for going against his wishes and saving the life of Siegmund and Sieglinde when he had ordered her to kill them. Brunnhilde is Wotan’s will and she has rebelled against him. The price of his maintaining his power is the sacrifice of his daughter. So, because he is unable to kill her, he orders her to be placed on a rock on a mountain and orders the god Loki to surround her with a ring of fire that only a true hero can penetrate. She will fall asleep until that time…
One day a true hero will come and pass through the flames and wake Brunnhilde and she will love him and it will be her fate to be no longer a Valkyrie but a mortal woman. She will never see her sisters again or her beloved father. That is her punishment. And fortunately a hero is coming… Siegfried, son of Siegmund and Sieglinde who will reforge the sword Northung and come to claim his bride from her fiery resting place.
And this music is the fire music - with hints of the hero’s leitmotif heard as Brunnhilde falls asleep and is separated from her father forever.
AND I JUST HAVE ALL THESE FEELINGS.
When I saw the opera, I felt that swords and sorcery aside, this was ultimately a family drama. About a father and his daughter and the daughter’s rebellion and the father’s disappointment and their eventual separation as she must become a wife to a young, bold hero. And it is utterly tragic and compelling.