American dramatic soprano noted chiefly for Strauss & Wagner repertoire
Autograph ID: 2780
Condition: Very good
Description: “(b.1960) American dramatic soprano opera singer, famous for her interpretations of Strauss and Wagner roles, regularly performing in opera houses and concert halls worldwide. Her breakthrough role was Ariadne in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at Boston Lyric Opera January 1991. Voigt made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on October 17, as Amelia in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. In March 1992, she returned to the Met to sing Chrysothemis in Strauss' Elektra. Since then she has regularly appeared at major opera houses around the world such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Opera Bastille in Paris. In 2004, Voigt was removed from the role of Ariadne at Royal Opera House when she could not fit into one of the costumes, a "little black dress." The director wanted her to wear it, instead of the typical period costume used in such operas, letting out the dress with tailoring, or replacing it with another costume. She was replaced by a German singer of slimmer appearance. When the decision became public, Covent Garden received significant criticism in the media. She underwent three-hour gastric bypass surgery and lost 100+ pounds; she said the fees she was owed from Covent Garden paid in part for the surgery. Her concern was that the firing was done so cruelly. Since her dramatic weight loss, Voigt was rehired by the Royal Opera House for the role she was fired from in 2004, and public reaction was positive. She made the transition into singing the hochdramatischer soprano repertoire with her interpretation of Isolde from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Since 2000, she has expanded her repertoire to Italian opera which is beyond her specialty in Strauss and Wagner roles that demand the high dramatic soprano range.
Signed 6 x 4 color photograph as Isolde; Vienna Staatsoper sticker on back indicating Axel Zeininger, photographer and her May 25, 2003 company debut in Tristan und Isolde on that date.”