Endowed with a rich, warm and expressively direct lyric coloratura voice, DEBORAH LIFTON is emerging as one of today’s most compelling performers of contemporary American opera and song.
Winner of the Joy in Singing Competition, Ms. Lifton’s work has been honored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the David Adams Art Song Competition and the Hellenic Foundation. Performances this season include Kwan Yin in Lotus Lives at Le Gesu in Montreal, as well as solo recitals at International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Cincinnati Song Initiative and the Rieth Chamber Series in Goshen, IN. This gifted and unusual artist was recently featured in American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice Series, as Sally Follet in Center for Contemporary Opera’s production of William Mayer’s A Death in the Family at the Avignon Opera in France and Millicent in the world premiere of Dellaira’s The Secret Agent at the Szeged National Theater in Hungary, in Avignon and at New York’s Merkin Hall, also with CCO. She performed in a double-bill of Philip Hagemann’s works, presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre at New York’s Symphony Space: the title role in Dark Lady of the Sonnets and Lady Magnesia in Poison, Passion, Petrification.
Other appearances include soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest at Aspen Music Festival, Beth in Little Women and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof with Ash Lawn Opera, Into the Woods and Little Red Riding Hood with Natchez Opera Festival, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Rising Star Singers Festival, Valencienne in The Merry Widow with Bronx Opera, Ellie in Showboat with Mercury Opera Rochester, Catherine in Center for Contemporary Opera’s A Death in the Family (Albany Records), Elle in La Voix Humaine with Kitchen Theater in New York, concerts with Opera Moderne and with Ridotto Opera, the title roles in Bastien und Bastienne and Haydn’s Armida, as well as Elisa in Il Re Pastore. An active recitalist, Ms. Lifton has been heard at New York’s Trinity Church, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Lippes Concert Hall, Yamaha Showroom, the National Arts Club and the Galapagos Art Space.
Ms. Lifton regularly performs on sound tracks for documentaries and nationally televised commercials. She has been heard in broadcast on WQXR, NY and featured in Young Opera, a new series on PBS.org.
“Her high notes were thrilling, her diction clear… a fine singing actress whose expressivity always seems to come from within.”
- New York Concert Review
“Deborah Lifton as the Dark Lady [was] appealing.”
- The New York Times
"Lifton never hit a wrong note, musically or theatrically. If the entire rest of the production were to collapse, Lifton's assured soprano voice and spunky charm would bail things out anyway. She's that good."
- Ann Arbor News
"An impressive display of power, and her negotiation of the extreme upper register was flawless."
- New York Concert Review