Deborah Voigt Stars in New American Opera, Roscoe, with the Albany Symphony

07/08/2016

Deborah Voigt Stars in a New American Opera, Roscoe, with the Albany Symphony

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On October 15, 2016, the Albany Symphony will present Roscoe—an American grand opera composed by Evan Mack featuring the legendary, dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt

Adapted from The New York Times best-selling novel by William Kennedy, Roscoe is a fictional presentation of Albany’s Democratic political machine set in 1945. Read the full synopsis here.

Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, granted a development deal to composer Evan Mack in 2013 to develop his book into an opera. The book Roscoe was originally written in 2002. The New Yorker declared it “thick with crime, passion and backroom banter.”

Mack selected librettist Joshua McGuire to collaborate on the project. On August 3-6, 2016, Roscoe will have its world premiere at Seagle Music Colony in four staged performances. On October 15, 2016, it will have its orchestral premiere in one concert performance with the Albany Symphony and star dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt.

Mack is a driven composer who pursued both William Kennedy and Deborah Voigt in making the Albany Symphony concert performance possible.

Mack states, “I often thought about the voice of Deborah Voigt when composing my previous operas. When I had the chance to show her the score of my new opera, Roscoe, she wanted to collaborate in giving the opera its orchestral premiere with the Albany Symphony. I am truly honored to work with her.”

Voigt states, “I am thrilled to have been invited to sing the orchestral premiere of Roscoe. I was flattered to learn composer Evan Mack had my voice in mind as he composed previous operas. When he sent me the score of Roscoe I felt certain we would make a good collaboration. This performance will mark the first occasion I’ve had to be part of a new opera.”

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