About Deborah

Endowed with a lyric coloratura voice that is rich, warm and expressively direct, Deborah Lifton is emerging as one of today’s most compelling performers of contemporary American opera and song.

 “Her high notes were thrilling, her diction clear, and her
concentration never wavered as she skillfully conveyed the meaning of each song," wrote The New York Concert Review of Ms. Lifton’s debut recital at New York’s Merkin Hall. "She is a fine singing actress whose expressivity always seems to come from within…”

  Winner of the 2008 Joy in Singing Competition Prize, Ms. Lifton’s work has also been honored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the David Adams Art Song Competition, and the Hellenic Foundation. In 2013-14 will be featured in American Opera Projects’ “Composers and the Voice” Series.

Recent performances include the role of Sally Follet in William Mayer’s “A Death in the Family” at the Avignon Opera (France), and Millicent in the world premiere of Dellaira’s “The Secret Agent" at the Szeged National Theater (Hungary), in Avignon, and at New York’s Merkin Hall. Deborah performed leading roles in Encompass New Opera’s production of a double bill by Philip Hagemann at New York’s Symphony Space.

  Other operatic appearances include both Susanna and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Beth in Little Women, Ellie in Showboat, Elisa in Il Re Pastore, and Catherine in A Death in the Family (Albany Records), as well as title roles in Bastien und Bastienne, L’enfant et les sortileges, and Armida. Ms. Lifton has appeared with the Center for Contemporary Opera, American Opera Projects, Mercury Opera Rochester, The Natchez Opera Festival, The Ash Lawn-Highland Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, The Bronx Opera Company, the Kitchen Theater and Opera Moderne.

An active recitalist, Ms. Lifton has been heard at New York’s Trinity Church, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Lippes Concert Hall, Yamaha Showroom, the National Arts Club, the Galapagos Art Space and Aspen’s Harris Concert Hall.

Ms. Lifton regularly performs on sound tracks for documentaries and nationally televised commercials. She has been heard in broadcast on WQXR, NY and featured in Young Opera, a new series on PBS.org.

She holds degrees in music from the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music. She has taught at New York University, Mannes College of Music (prep division) Syracuse University, Cornell University and Ithaca College.  She is currently a faculty member at Western Connecticut State University, Purchase College, Ithaca College New York City Center and Summer Music Academy.

 

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