PORTLAND – PCA Great Performances will present soprano Deborah Voigt at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, accompanied by pianist Brian Zeger.

Deborah Voigt has become a pre-eminent dramatic soprano, winning acclaim for her work in operas by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Verdi. For this concert, she will reprise the program from her April 7, 2004, Carnegie Hall solo debut where she earned six ovations. The program includes songs by Schubert, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Ives, Bolcom, Moore and Sondheim.

A “little black dress scandal” made headlines in March 2004 when she was dropped from a production of “Ariadne auf Naxos” at London’s Covent Garden because she didn’t fit into a little black cocktail dress chosen for her character. Many critics and editors condemned the decision to fire her from her signature role.

Voigt first attracted international attention when she won first prize at the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in 1988 and the gold medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1990.

Tickets range from $36 to $53 and are available through PortTix, the box office at Merrill Auditorium. Senior, student and group discounts are available. People can call PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or order tickets online at www.pcaGreatPerformances.org.


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