May 25, 2019  

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Renowned Dramatic Soprano Deborah Voigt to Perform with USM Orchestra

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Deborah Voigt

The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra closes its 95th season on Saturday, April 25 with a special performance by world-renowned dramatic soprano and Metropolitan opera star, Deborah Voigt.

The evening of operatic and Broadway music is set for 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

“Voigt comes to pop singing naturally. She creates each musical mood so perfectly and demonstrates such show-biz savvy that it makes me wish she had more opportunities … If this were 1970, she would probably be given her own network variety show,” said Opera News

The event will consist of masterworks by Wagner and Strauss as well as a number of Broadway hits by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Porter and others. The orchestra will also delight the audience with selections from Wagner and Strauss, including the “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome. 

A Chicago native raised in southern California, Voigt is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities. A leading dramatic soprano, internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss, she has also portrayed some of the heroines of Italian opera to great acclaim.

Voigt has an extensive discography, has given many enthusiastically received master classes, and is an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs. She is also co-creator of Voigt Lessons, a one-woman show she developed with award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello.

The anticipation is palpable as orchestra members prepare to perform with the extraordinary talent of Deborah Voigt.

Individual tickets are available at the Southern Miss Ticket Office by calling 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425 or visiting