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January 12, 2006 by AK

One of the things I missed last year

Izvestiya on Deborah Voigt‘s concert in Moscow in December 2005:This time the Moscow Philharmonic managed to secure a real prima donna for the [“Russian Winter”] festival, and one who had grown prettier and was in an excellent vocal shape. Fifteen years ago, Deborah Void sensationally won the Tchaikovsky competition in the same hall [Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall]; this time, one had to pay up to $100 [heh] to hear the world opera’s best Isolde and Sieglinde in concert. […]

Unfortunately, the [festival management’s] efforts to secure a conductor worthy of the singer for the performance failed. Neither the energetic Theodore Kurentzis nor the precise, like a German clock, Tomas Sanderling [son of Kurt], were unable to take the stand. They had to do with Yevgeny Bushkov at the helm of [Yuri] Bashmet’s New Russia orchestra. For starters, the orchestra played Wagner’s Faust Overture and an excerpt from Tannhäuser, “Arrival of the guests at Wartburg.”

For twenty minutes, the public had to endure constricted sound, rhythmic discord, and clanging, out-of-phase entries. But when Deborah Voigt in a splendid black dress with
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