- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- January 2003
Deborah R, is a versatile Mezzo Soprano having studied Opera, Theater, Music and Dance she is known for her exciting, high energy performances and for creating memorable and endearing characters. With a uniquely flexible voice, as comfortable in Verdi as it is in Rossini, she has delighted audiences around the world with her rich timbre and sparkling coloratura.
From her beginnings as a young musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has toured internationally, with a variety of musical ensembles in concert halls such as: Santori Hall in Tokyo, Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Ms. R was a featured soloist at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing where she performed with the Peoples Liberation Army Orchestra. She has given recitals in Mexico and across the United States, giving voice to her research into the lesser known Art Songs of great Classical composers.
In the summer of 2008, she created the role of Principessa Louling under the baton of Bruno Riggacci in the World Premier of his one act opera Dodici personaggi in cerca di voce.â Some of her opera credits include Cendrillon, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, Griffelkin by the late great Lucas Foss and West Coast premier of the new opera Miss Lonelyhearts. With Orchestra she has performed Handelâs Messiah and Brockes passion, Durufleâs Requiem and this past summer, she was the featured soloist with the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra in their toast to Vienna.
Ms. R is the recipient of several awards including the Schoenfeld Award from the Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition and 1st place in the Pacific Musical Society Competition made famous by its first winner, violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
Ms. R holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with international opera diva Mignon Dunn, and a Bachelors from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She has performed in Masterclasses with Karen Morrow and Luana Devol. She is also a featured vocalist on several independent film soundtracks.
Playing Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance
Operatic Soloist with Pocket Opera in San Francisco
Performed at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center
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Specific & clear in her instructions, open to feedback, patient and encouraging, courteous and respectful - not to mention a great singer. Looking forward to future lessons with Deborah.
I was pretty nervous about taking a singing lesson, as it's something I've never done in my life. I'm so thankful I got connected to Deborah. She's a fantastic teacher and taught me so much about how our body works to produce sounds when singing and what I am doing. From the first lesson I was already given helpful tips and ways to practice things on my own! I'm looking forward to more lessons with Deborah.+ Read More
She is gorgeously wonderful. She respects individuality of a person and Healthy .... not a controler .🌸
Deborah is both a gifted artist and excellent teacher. My daughter loves her and sounds great.
She was great in showing me singing techniques and really understanding how to use your body for different styles of both singing and acting!
My daughter has so far two lessons with Deborah and she always comes out smiling. She said she really likes her. I believe it is because she makes her relaxed enough to share with her the kind of music she enjoys.
My daughter had a great first lesson!! She's excited to continue with Deborah.
Deborah is amazing with kids, turns boring theory, singing techniques and practicing into fun games. Kept my high energy 8yo daughter engaged for a whole hour!
Excellent voice coach, I am improving with every lesson.
Highly competent teacher!
She knows how to let your voice come out smoothly and easily.. Exactly what I was looking for in a teacher!
Sorry it took me so long to respond! My daughter Catherine really liked her first lesson and wants to continue with Deborah. Thank you!
Very helpful and patient. I am enjoying this very new experience!