"... 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.” This season, Ms. Selig looks forward to role debuts as Sibyl Vane in Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray with Odyssey Opera and Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen with Dayton Opera. Ms. Selig also will debut with Buffalo Philharmonic for Brahms’ Requiem; Smith College, Music on Norway Pond, and Calliope’s Call for various song recitals; and return to Masterworks Chorale for Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
During recent seasons, Ms. Selig has appeared as Pamina in The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; Musetta in La Boheme and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Central City Opera; Pamina in The Magic Flute, Rose in Street Scene, Mary Warren in The Crucible, and Marion in The Music Man, all with Chautauqua Opera; Curley’s Wife in Carlisle 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.
A striking and versatile artist on the concert stage, Ms. Selig has sung with orchestras and choruses across the United States. Some recent highlights include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Asheville Symphony, Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with both Brown University and Harvard-Radcliffe Choruses, Brahms' Requiem with Dayton Philharmonic, Bach Cantatas 37, 92 and 97 with Handel and Haydn Society, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Fairbanks Symphony (AK), Haydn’s Creation with Harvard University Choirs, Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 with Kentucky Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Masterworks Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Nashoba Valley Chorale, and Handel’s Messiah with Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Recordings include Marcia Kraus’ Three Fairy Tales for Soprano, Oboe and Piano with Centaur Records; Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and BMOP Sound; and Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices, also with BMOP Sound.
In addition to performing, Ms. Selig has been a member of the voice faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute since 2014 and has taught private voice lessons to both high school and college students since 2009. This season, Ms. Selig will give master classes for Smith College, Longy School of Music and Buffalo Philharmonic.
Ms. Selig earned an Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree 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 for Singers and the Tanglewood Music Center; and studied at Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and Istituto il David in Florence.