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Deborah Voigt cancels Australian tour

Acclaimed soprano Angela Denoke engaged to step in for concert with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & new chief conductor Sir Andrew Davis

Sydney Opera House today announced that due to urgent surgery, American soprano, Deborah Voigt has cancelled her imminent Australian tour, including her scheduled performance in the Concert Hall in Friday 29 June.

Jonathan Bielski, Acting CEO, Sydney Opera House says, “ We wish Ms Voigt a speedy and full recovery, and hope that Australian audiences will have the chance to hear this exceptional artist in the near future.”

“We are delighted to have been able to engage the services of German soprano Angela Denoke to sing the same repertoire on Friday 29 June 2012.”
Ms Denoke has performed many of the great dramatic soprano roles in several of Europe’s great opera houses. She has sung and recorded under the batons of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle.

This concert will also be the first chance for many Sydney people to experience the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by its Chief Conductor Designate, Sir Andrew Davis. Sir Andrew will commence his four-year tenure with the orchestra commencing early 2013, focusing each season on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, the tone poems of Richard Strauss and the orchestral music of Hector Berlioz.


Ms Denoke recently sang the role of Salome in Richard Strauss’ opera of the same name at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her performance in one of dramatic opera’s great roles was described as ‘jaw-dropping’ with an interpretation that bordered on ‘terrifying perfection’ and demonstrating ‘vocal dexterity and stamina’.

The respected magazine Opera wrote, ‘Perhaps today's Salome of choice, Angela Denoke ensured that her clear, penetrating soprano alluringly conveyed the girl's youth, yet also rode easily over the large orchestra.  Her portrayal was rich in telling details, and her physical movements had a kittenish grace that made Herod's desire for her to dance seem entirely understandable.’ (October 2011)

Angela Denoke, soprano
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Wagner   Tannhäuser: Overture
Wagner   Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz
Wagner   Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Strauss   Der Rosenkavalier: Suite
Strauss   Salome: Final Scene

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Friday 29 June 2012 at 8pm
Also to be performed at the Melbourne Town Hall on 27 June.
For the latest information on Ms Voigt’s progress, please visit the artist’s website 

It is understood that all patrons were very much looking forward to hearing Ms Voigt with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Opera House sincerely apologises for the disappointment and inconvenience.  The options for ticket holders are:
1.     Should they wish to experience the programmed repertoire sung by Angela Denoke with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ticket holders should retain the existing booking for the secured seats.
2.     If the ticket buyer would prefer a full refund, they should call on 02 9250 7777 (Mon-Sat 9:00am-8:30pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm) or email 


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