Smoke & Mirrors: A Black Tie Celebration of International Opera Star Deborah Voigt

MIAMI – July 22, 2013 – In an opulent kickoff to the new opera season, Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is hosting a black tie celebration honoring the lifetime achievements of international opera star Deborah Voigt. Hosted by event chairs Gloria Portal and Isa Leibowitz and entitled “Smoke & Mirrors,” this lavish affair takes over the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building on October 26, 2013. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening of mystery and magic. 

 “We are delighted to begin our tradition of lifetime achievement awards by honoring Ms. Voigt, who is not only one of opera’s all-time greats, but also has a strong history with the company,” said Susan T. Danis, CEO and General Director of Florida Grand Opera. “I cannot think of a better way to start our new season.”



World-renowned American soprano Deborah Voigt is one of the biggest names in opera today.  Known for a beautiful and robust voice, Ms. Voigt has filled major opera houses throughout the United States and abroad. Also noted for her dramatic ability and versatility, she has built an international career on performing the works of Wagner and Strauss as well as portraying the heroines of Italian opera, yielding critically-acclaimed performances at every turn for more than twenty years.

Florida Grand Opera is proud to have hosted a number of these remarkable presentations, beginning with her company debut in 1996 as Ariadne in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, followed by Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth in 1999. She returned once again in 2001 for her title role debut in Puccini’s Tosca, where her “gleaming soprano” produced “thrilling moments,” according to the Sun Sentinel

A Metropolitan Opera regular and Rickard Tucker Award winner, Voigt has sung in iconic spaces from New York to Hong Kong, including San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among others. In 2010, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera for a new production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the work’s world premiere, and collected the final pieces her of Ring Cycle repertoire by singing Brünnhilde in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung the following year.

The Grammy Award-nominated artist also enjoyed time on screen through the Met’s Live in HD broadcasts as well as PBS shows like Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center. Yet, through all her success, critics and colleagues agree that Voigt’s most admirable trait is her ability to remain humble and down-to-earth, making her one of the most esteemed and endearing stars of the genre. 


Starting at 7 p.m., this grand evening will welcome Miami’s elite to don their darkest formalwear and celebrate the illustrious career of a living legend. The event will feature a seated, four-course dinner, dancing and performances by members of FGO’s Young Artist Program, culminating in Ms. Deborah Voigt’s acceptance of an award honoring a lifetime of artistic accomplishments.

As the evening begins to wind down, it’s time to turn up the volume! At 10 p.m., the house band will be replaced by one of Miami’s hottest DJs to kick off “Crash the Bash,” Florida Grand Opera’s first-ever after party. Led by the company’s young professionals group, Crescendo Circle, this unexpected and highly-anticipated happening merges the world of opera with upbeat sounds that will keep guests going all night. Serious opera, serious party!

Reservations for individual seating begin at $500 per person and table reservations range from $7,500 to $25,000. Reservations are subject to availability. To reserve tables or individual tickets for “Smoke & Mirrors,” please contact Amy Funk at (305) 854-1643 or Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, visit

About Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera (FGO), the oldest performing arts organization in Florida, celebrates its 73rd year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2013-14 season. The main stage operas of the season include: Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Nov. 7 – 19, 2013; Verdi’s Nabucco, Jan. 5 – Feb. 8, 2014; Puccini’s Tosca, Mar. 29 – Apr. 12, 2014; and Massenet’s Thaïs, May 3 – 17, 2014.

Founded in 1941 as Greater Miami Opera and later merging with The Opera Guild Inc. in 1994, FGO presents a mixture of standard repertoire and contemporary works as well as commissions new productions – all featuring projected translations in English and Spanish. FGO, recognized for funding by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Program support is provided by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council. Florida Grand Opera is a Resident Company of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and a member company of OPERA America. American Airlines is the Official Airline, Intercontinental Miami is the Official Hotel and Steinway & Sons is the Official Piano of Florida Grand Opera. 

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