Deborah Voigt appears in VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser
Deborah Voigt will appear as The Queen of Sweden in episode 11 of made-for-TV opera “VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser,” composed and conceived by Lisa Bielawa, All twelve episodes will become available for binge-watching May 31 at KCET.org/Vireo and LinkTV.org/Vireo and the broadcast world premiere will be June 13 On KCET and LinkTV. The new, made-for-TV-and-online opera conceived and composed by Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte, is unprecedented in that it is being created expressly for release online and on TV. The unique multimedia initiative includes online articles and videos showcasing various facets of the production.
Voigt is recognized as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities, Lisa Bielawa had this to say about the soprano: “Composing for an instrument like Debbie’s voice is an opportunity that does not come along often. The rich colors and broad expressiveness of her voice carry the opera to its terrible denouement with finality and strange tenderness. A performance to remember!”
KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network, announced that VIREO will make its world broadcast television premiere on Tues., June 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on both KCET in Southern California and Link TV (DirecTV375 and Dish Network 9410) nationwide. Produced in partnership with Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast will be a special edition of KCETLink’s Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND. In a first for the network, KCETLink will release all 12 of the approximately 15-minute episodes of VIREO at once for free, on-demand streaming starting Weds., May 31 at kcet.org/vireo, linktv.org/vireo, and on Apple TV and Roku. Learn more at kcet.org/vireo