Deborah Domanski's Zerlina was a total delight, visually & vocally.

— Glenn Lonely, New York Theatre Wire

October 2008 Update

Zenobia and Santa Fe Opera's Radamisto

Zenobia and Santa Fe Opera's Radamisto

My dear friends, I feel more privileged and blessed than ever to be part of this wonderful world of opera. Looking out into the theater of the Fledermaus audience, it was obvious they were truly transported beyond their everyday lives, roaring with laughter. Among the historic economic downturn, election uncertainty, and great anxiety about the future, we all need, more than ever, the incredible experience of opera.

In the last 6 months I’ve had the opportunity to connect with audiences through 3 different roles. I so enjoyed becoming each of these characters that it makes me want to go on and do as much uplifting as I possibly can.

Signora Guidotti in Santa Fe Opera's The Timid Twosome

Signora Guidotti in Santa Fe Opera's The Timid Twosome

In May I played Signora Guidotti in Nino Rota’s I due timidi (The Timid Twosome), as the laughable landlady of whom another character sings, “Beware the paint-peeling voice of the tyrant!” It’s so much fun to make people laugh and it was a marvelous opportunity to apply a Carol Burnett/Lucille Ball imprint in an opera. Then the highlight of my career so far: stepping into the role of Zenobia, the Thracian princess in Handel’s Radamisto on day one of rehearsals and experiencing this thrilling tour de force role to the standing ovations of the six sold out audiences at Santa Fe Opera. I was honored when The New York Times wrote, “The lovely mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski (replacing Christine Rice, who withdrew from the production because of illness) sings the courageous Zenobia with luscious sound and lyrical refinement.” – Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, Monday, August 4, 2008… and the Financial Times added “Zenobia’s fidelity to Radamisto has a fiery side, especially when she struggles to rebuff Tiridate, and Deborah Domanski’s fine lyric soprano conveys it excitingly. Her silky, bare-midriff costume bespeaks a sexiness that explains her appeal to Tiridate.” – George Loomis, Financial Times, Wednesday, Aug 6, 2008…. but best of all General Director Richard Gaddes said of my performances, “Magnificent,” and Artistic Director Brad Woolbright commented, “Fabulous!”

My professional plans for the next 3 years include expanding my experience as I rock the great houses of the world!… And I’m looking forward to seeing you there when I do!

Prince Orlofsky in Opera Southwest's Die Fledermaus

Prince Orlofsky in Opera Southwest's Die Fledermaus

As Orlofsky says “Chacun a son gout!” Enjoy yourselves, get carried away at the opera, and have a great season!

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