"... 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.
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; Amphytrite in Purcell’s The Tempest with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston; Pamina in The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; Musetta in La Boheme with Central City Opera; Rose in Street Scene 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 Brahms’ Requiem with Buffalo Philharmonic, Handel Society of Dartmouth College and Dayton Philharmonic; Strauss songs with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with Oratorio Chorale; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Buffalo Philharmonic; the US premiere of C. Herbert Parry’s Invocation to Music with Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus; Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with Concord Chorus; Bach Cantatas 36, 92 and 97 with 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. Recent song recital appearances have included collaborations with pianists Tanya Blaich, Jeffrey Noble, Cameron Stowe, David Collins, Spencer Myer, Shannon McGinnis, Timothy Steele and Patricia Au.
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.