Deborah Raymond (foto van haar eigen website) bracht een aantrekkelijke vertolking als het jongetje Ascagne (zie ook Mozarts “Ascanio in Alba”) in “Les Troyens” van Berlioz (Muntschouwburg, juni 1992).
Soprano Deborah Raymond made her critically acclaimed debut as Salome at the Semper Opera in Dresden/Germany in Joachim Herz’s production which was televised throughout Europe. OpernWelt wrote: “Deborah Raymond’s voice culminates in a rapturous top. One has seldom experienced such a sensitive princess since Cebotari”.
Of her Tosca one critic wrote, “Though Raymond’s voice is more rounded, less reedy, she often reminded me of the legendary Magda Oliviero.”
She performs regularly in Flagstaff, Arizona with concert pianist Jeffrey Swann; with the Flagstaff Symphony (Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Barber “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”, Mozart C Minor Mass, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven Ninth Symphony).
In May 2015 she was artistic director and performer in a commemoration of seventy years since the end of World War II and the Holocaust, presenting works by Viktor Ullmann and other composers from the concentration camp Terezin, as well as “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Ellwood Derr.
After teaching for four summers at Seagle Colony, the oldest summer opera training program in the US, she and her husband, Nando Schellen, founded a program in Italy, “Flagstaff in Fidenza”, giving young singers from all over the world the opportunity to receive training and perform entire opera roles with orchestra. Besides teaching voice at the program, she was also Associate Artistic Director and Program Coordinator. (http://deborahraymondsoprano.com)
Ronny De Schepper