SanFran dawn raid: Deb Voigt joins faculty

SanFran dawn raid: Deb Voigt joins faculty


norman lebrecht

May 05, 2016

Aggressive recruiting continues at the San Francisco Conservatory.

The international soprano Deborah Voigt has been appointed to the full-time voice faculty, it has just been announced. Guess that’s where you go now to study Brünnhilde.

Five months ago, San Fran signed Leon Fleisher to the piano team.

Who’s next?

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  • Emil Archambault says:

    Full time? So she’s essentially retiring from opera (save, perhaps, for the Californian region)?

    • Christopher Basso says:

      Voigt will maintain her performing career in tandem with her new teaching position, and her commitment to her future SFCM students is already apparent. She explains:

      “I’ll still be singing, and right now I’m trying to figure out how to balance it all. A couple of things just had to go because they were going to keep me away from the school too long, and that wouldn’t be fair to the students.”

  • Dominic Stafford Uglow says:

    This is interesting. She’s been a pupil of David Jones for some time. Could we be seeing a return of Italian technique to the conservatoire?…

  • AMetFan says:

    Lucky, lucky students. Seriously. I just hope Debbie can balance this along with her transitional stage roles and on-air hosting. She’s not a one-note performer. Debbie is a tremendously talented person and I wish her all the best in this new position.

  • Martin Bernheimer says:

    Terrible photo. She has lost m u c h weight. Unfair.

    • Marg says:

      I agree. Her weight issues and subsequent weight loss are well known and she has been very open about it in her autobiography. I think it’s extremely bad taste to show such a photo – there are gobs of current shots that you could have chosen but instead you dug this up. Makes me wonder about your views on women frankly.

      • Michael Brooks says:

        I agree. Internationally women are directly and subliminally told they MUST be beautiful or face being rejected. Point in case is that damn “little black dress” at ROH. SHAME on all of opera management worldwide for not collectively condemning what happened to Debbie. After her gastric bypass surgery, she was never vocally the same – and everyone knows it, including her! She may have been fat; but she could move on stage and she was expressive AND, what a voice!!! Interestingly, NO ONE EVER insisted that Luciano had to lose 200 lbs to fit into a tiny black tuxedo – I wonder why not??? That said, Debbie really is a lovely person and the students can learn a tremendous amount from her!

  • Lloyd Arriola says:

    Brava, Miss Voigt! San Francisco is very lucky to have you!

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  • Saxon Broken says:

    A lovely person and great singer. But is she able to teach effectively, which is a rather different skill.