"... her sense of line and nuance were matched only by the sheer beauty of her tone and power of projection..."
Soprano Deborah Selig’s voice has been described by the press as “radiant,” “beautifully rich,” “capable of any emotional nuance,” and “impressively nimble.” Ms. Selig performs repertoire spanning music from the baroque to contemporary in opera, oratorio and art song across the United States. Ms. Selig also is passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of singers, currently serving on the voice faculties of Wellesley College, Brown University, and the summer Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Ms. Selig’s 2018-19 season includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with conductor JoAnn Falletta and Buffalo Philharmonic; Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes benefitting “Music for Food” with pianists Cameron Stowe and Javier Arrebola at the New England Conservatory; a song recital Angel Spirits: Music of World War One with baritone David McFerrin and pianist Jerry Noble for both Jamestown Concert Association (NY) and Harvard University; and Brahms’ Requiem with conductor Robert Duff and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. After the New Year, the season continues with Carson Cooman’s Revelations of Divine Love with Nashoba Valley Chorale; Turina’s Poema en forma de Canciones for a debut Faculty Recital appearance at Wellesley College with pianist David Collins; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Oratorio Chorale in Portland, ME; Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées for pianist Tanya Blaich’s Faculty Recital at New England Conseratory; Mozart's Requiem with Falmouth Chorale; Purcell’s The Tempest (as Amphytrite) with The Henry Purcell Society of Boston; Brahms’ Requiem with Tufts Concert Choir and Chamber Singers; and Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 and Fauré’s Requiem with Concord Chorus.
During recent seasons, Ms. Selig has appeared as Micaela in Carmen with Dayton Opera; Sybil Vane in Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray with Odyssey Opera; Pamina in The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; Musetta in La Boheme and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Central City Opera; Rose in Street Scene, Mary Warren in The Crucible, and Marion in The Music Man all with Chautauqua Opera; both Curley’s Wife in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Kentucky Opera; and Bella in Tippett’s A Midsummer Marriage with Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
On the concert stage, recent highlights include Mozart’s Requiem with Brown University; Strauss songs with Wheeling Symphony Orchestra; the US premiere of C. Herbert Parry’s Invocation to Music with Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Asheville Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with Buffalo and Dayton Philharmonics; Bach Cantatas 36, 92 and 97 with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; Orff’s Carmina Burana with Fairbanks Symphony; Haydn’s Creation with Harvard University Choirs; Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 with Kentucky Symphony; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Masterworks Chorale and Handel’s Messiah with Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Recordings include Marcia Kraus’ Three Fairy Tales for Soprano, Oboe and Piano with Centaur Records and both Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts and Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and BMOP Sound.
Ms. Selig earned an Artist Diploma in Opera and MM in Voice degrees from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a summa cum laude BM/BA in Voice and English from the University of Michigan. She spent two seasons each as an Apprentice artist with Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; was a fellow at both the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute and Tanglewood Music Center; and studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and Istituto il David in Florence.