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March 13, 2012

Deborah Voigt cancels concert for Washington National Opera

If you had plans to catch the colorful soprano Deborah Voigt in a concert Saturday presented by Washington National Opera, you'll have to find an alternative. Here's the release:

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced the cancellation of DiVa Light: An Evening with Deborah Voigt, which was to have been presented on Saturday, March 17, 2012 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Ms. Voigt cancelled due to illness, and the concert will not be rescheduled.

Refunds will be issued to the original method of purchase. Additional questions about refunds may be directed to (202) 416-8540, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Posted by Tim Smith at 3:07 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes


Concert scheduled right in the middle of the rehearsal period for the Met's Ring Cycle. Eyes bigger than her stomach, perhaps..... oops, no pun intended. Genuinely. Refers to greed over fees, and refusal to recognize rapidly diminishing resources.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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