Deborah Domanski Interview for Arts Chat – Listen
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“Magnificent!” That’s the word former General Director Richard Gaddes used to describe Deborah Domanski’s performance in the role of Zenobia in the Santa Fe Opera’s 2008 Season production of Radamisto.
D.S. Crafts, reviewer for The Albuquerque Journal wrote, “Deborah Domanski as Radamisto’s wife Zenobia exudes sensuality both in voice and stage presence. Her clear, focused and radiant mezzo-soprano illuminates both her enthusiastic acceptance of death “Son contenta di morire” and her tender plea “Quando mai” (When cruel destiny). She and David Daniels are later reunited in a sparkling duet.”
Prior to her triumph as Zenobia, Deborah sang the role of Signora Guidotti in the Santa Fe Opera pre-season one-hour production of Nino Rota’s The Timid Twosome. Other engagements include the role of Lazuli in L’Etoile with Austin Lyric Opera in early 2010, the title role of La Cenerentola with Opera Southwest in October 2009, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with Opera Southwest, the pants role of Jack in the American premier of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers performed with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall – Lincoln Center, Mezzo-Soprano soloist with the Columbia Pro Cantare in Handel’s Messiah, and Cherubino in Le Nozze de Figaro with Opera Southwest. Deborah also recently debuted with Opera Hong Kong & The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Utah Symphony and performed benefit recitals for Opera Santa Barbara and Opera Southwest. Upcoming engagements include the title role in La Périchole at Amarillo Opera, concerts with The Santa Fe Pro Musica, a recital with the Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, and the role of The Barista in the gonzo opera Too Much Coffee Man in Albuquerque, NM.
In April of 2006 Tulsa World Opera Critic James D. Watts proclaimed “Domanski may be the best Cherubino we’ve seen,” after Deborah debuted in Le Nozze de Figaro with the Tulsa Opera. Deborah Domanski brings an extraordinary combination of scintillating musicality and captivating stage-presence to all her roles, including the title role of L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Nancy in Albert Herring, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw, Sally Follett in the New York premier of A Death in the Family by William Mayer, and Aphrodite in the world premier of Paris and Oenone by Philip Hagemann. At Pittsburgh Opera, Deborah performed the roles of Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Flora in La Traviata, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (matinee), Siebel in Faust (matinee), and was responsible for the roles of Rosina, Cesare, and Mercedes.
During the 2002-2003 season, Deborah made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut under Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen as the Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Among other solo concert engagements, she has performed with the Laredo Symphony as alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th, the Greenwich Choral Society’s performance of Rossini’s Petit Messe Solenelle, and with The Juilliard Choral Union in Vivaldi’s Gloria in Alice Tully Hall. As a Young Artist in the Juilliard Opera Center she was a participant in the prestigious 2002 Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital in Alice Tully Hall. As the 2002 competition winner at the Music Academy of the West, Miss Domanski became the Marilyn Horne Foundation Awardee and was presented in recital, and on national radio and in World Wide Web broadcast in October 2002. January 2005, Deborah made her Weill Concert Hall debut as part of the Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues… recital series at Carnegie Hall. She maintains her passion for the art of song recital and presents concerts and education programs around the world. In 2007, Deborah presented a recital in Delhi, India entitled Shaping the Invisible: Leonardo da Vinci’s Principles in Song. After completing two years with the Pittsburgh Opera’s Young Artist Program, Deborah spent the summers of 2005 & 2006 with the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, where her responsibilities included performing Mercedes in Carmen and covering Susan Graham in the role of Cecilio in Mozart’s Lucio Silla.
Deborah Domanski’s education includes a Bachelor of Music, Cum Laude, from Chapman University in California, a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School – Juilliard Opera Center.