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View Opera Star Voigt Live in HD Jan. 5

Alumna Performs in Live Broadcast of the Met's Revival of 'Les Troyens'

Jan. 4, 2013

When alumna Deborah Voigt is on stage Saturday performing in the Metropolitan Opera's revival of "Les Troyens," her Orange County fans can sit in the audience — without heading to New York.

The soprano's performance will be on the big screen live, via satellite, at the AMC 30 (with IMAX) and Century Theaters 25 in Orange. The scheduled 9 a.m. screening coincides with the noon staging in New York.

As billed on the Metropolitan Opera's website, it's "a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces."

In "Les Troyens," which features powerful women dominating the action, Voigt portrays Cassandra, daughter of the Trojan king Priam. She discusses the role as part of a Q&A on the Met's website.

"I love Cassandra's character and personality. She has dignity and pathos, and her heart is breaking for her people and what they are about to endure. And the music Berlioz composed for her reflects every bit of this woman's richness. I love singing her music. I love the intensity of her feelings, but I also love the 'compactness' that Berlioz used to compose her music and express who she is."

No stranger to the role, Voigt won a Grammy in 1996 for a performance of "Les Troyens" with L'Orchestra Symphonie Montreal and Chorus. Her star turn as Brünnhilde two seasons ago is featured in the Met's new recording of Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle, which is nominated for a 2013 Grammy for "Best Opera Recording."

The cast sheet and synopsis for the Jan. 5 production are available online, and tickets for the screening of "Les Troyens" can be purchased online.

In her student days as a music major, Voigt studied with professor Jane Paul, now emeritus professor of music, who maintains ties with her former star pupil and has traveled abroad to see her perform. When Voigt made her Hollywood Bowl debut in 2005, Paul was there and joined her backstage prior to the concert.

Voigt returned to her alma mater in 2006 for the grand opening of the Clayes Performing Arts Center.

For the New York Times this spring, Zachary Woolfe wrote about the experience of seeing "Live in HD" broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera in movie theaters.

Beyond Saturday's performance, fans can look forward to the publication later this year of Voigt's autobiography, due out from HarperCollins. Meanwhile, admirers can follow her on Twitter @debvoigt. NPR music named Voight among "Five Musicians Who Are Fun to Follow on Twitter."

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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