Soprano Deborah Voigt Sings An American Songbook
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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“Ms. Voigt, clearly in her prime, is astonishing. Her sound is at once earthen and gleaming… Simply glorious.” —New York Times
Widely regarded as the pre-eminent dramatic soprano of her generation, the mighty Deborah Voigt is one of today’s most sought-after singers, dazzling audiences with the raw power and lustrous sheen of her extraordinary voice. Named Musical America’s 2003 Vocalist of the Year, Voigt has made a name for herself as the world’s reigning interpreter of Strauss and Wagner, and has garnered wild acclaim for her performances of Italian repertoire and Broadway classics. “Opera stars often hit a peak early on, and spend the rest of their careers trying not to disappoint a world that witnessed it,” wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer after Voigt’s “standard-setting” performance of Salome last January with the National Symphony Orchestra. “So when Deborah Voigt delivers one performance after another that her fans didn’t dare anticipate a decade ago, you see why she’s adored unceasingly.” Voigt comes to Royce Hall in a crowd-pleasing program of Broadway tunes and popular standards.
Supported by the Ginny Mancini Endowment for Vocal Peformance.