A Chicago native raised in southern California, Deborah Voigt is recognized as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities. Having made her name as a leading dramatic soprano, especially in the operas of Wagner, Strauss and others, she is also an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs. Voigt has an extensive discography, and her masterclasses are enthusiastically received. She appears regularly – as both performer and host – in the Met’s Live in HD series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters around the world. Honored in the media with a CBS 60 Minutes profile, features in People and Vanity Fair, spotlights in More and O – the Oprah Magazine, and appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, PBS, and the nationwide telecast of the MACY*S Thanksgiving Day Parade and July 4 fireworks celebration, Voigt has become America’s most visible and beloved diva. Her one-woman show returns in the 2015-16 season. Developed with playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello at the famed MacDowell Colony, Voigt Lessons weaves 18 songs and arias of special personal significance to Voigt into a vivid and often moving narration of the story of her life and career. Her memoir, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva, was published by HarperCollins in 2015 and will be released in paperback in January 2016. Off the stage, Voigt will serve as host at various events and as judge at various competitions throughout the season.