The 2010-2011 Metropolitan Opera season is getting under way with lots of significant events – James Levine’s 40th season with the company; a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle; debuts by conductors William Christie and Simon Rattle; an expanded series of HD telecasts, and more. And one popular Met artist is having a hugely significant season of her own: soprano Deborah Voigt.
Voigt is on the Met red carpet, hosting the Sept. 27 season-opening festivities, which will be viewed by thousands in the plaza at Lincoln Center and in Times Square. She’s singing her first Brünnhilde in the second of the Ring operas, Die Walküre, in April. Before that, she’s Minnie, the title character in Pucinni’s La Fanciulla del West, in December. But that’s just the start of her activities. Deborah Voigt talked with me about what promises to be a magical season for this remarkably talented – but completely down-to-earth – Met star.