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.
high notes were thrilling, her diction clear, and her
never wavered as she skillfully conveyed the meaning of
song," wrote The New York Concert Review of Ms. Lifton’s
recital at New York’s Merkin Hall. "She is a fine singing
whose expressivity always seems to come from within…”
Winner of the 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
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.
active recitalist, Ms. Lifton has been heard at New York’s Trinity Church, the
Kosciuszko Foundation, Lippes Concert Hall, Yamaha
National Arts Club, the Galapagos Art Space and Aspen’s Harris Concert Hall.
Lifton regularly performs on sound tracks for documentaries and
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
School of Music.
Ms. Lifton has taught at New York University,
College of Music (prep division) Syracuse University, Cornell
and Ithaca College. She is currently a faculty member at Western
Connecticut State University and Ithaca College (New York City
Center and Summer Music Academy).