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A role debut for Deborah Voigt as The Collegiate Chorale presents Gluck's Alceste
by Whitney Holden for Vocal Area Network
Posted May 20, 2009

Deborah VoigtOn May 26, 2009 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theatre, The Collegiate Chorale will conclude its 67th season with a concert staging of Gluck's Alceste featuring The New York City Opera Orchestra. The program, which was prepared by the Chorale's late music director Robert Bass, will be led by conductor George Manahan. Soprano Deborah Voigt makes her first career appearance in Alceste as she assumes the title role opposite tenor Vinson Cole, who sings the part of King Admète.

This concert production marks the first New York performance of Gluck's Alceste since 1982. Completed in 1767 and revised in 1776 with a French libretto, Alceste is based upon the play Alcestis by Euripides. Set in ancient Thessaly, this moving tale of steadfast love and sacrifice recounts the internal struggle of Alceste, Queen of Pherae, who is told by an oracle that the only way to save her ill husband's life is to sacrifice her own. When the King's inquiry about his miraculous healing leads to the discovery of his wife's marty