02 Oct 2005
Taking a Vacation From Valhalla
[Photo: Photo © Joanne Savio]
By Anne Midgette [NY Times, 2 October 2005]
IT is a measure of how highly prized versatility has become in the vocal world that neither of America's two leading sopranos is clearly identified with a single musical area. Deborah Voigt has laid claim to Wagner and Verdi; Renée Fleming, to roles as disparate as Violetta (Verdi) and Rodelinda (Handel). And both, despite notably different voices, are perhaps best designated "Strauss sopranos": Ms. Voigt for her golden shine, Ms. Fleming for her silvery heights.