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Deborah Lifton

Deborah Lifton

Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Arts

[Applied Voice]

Recipient of the Joy in Singing Foundation Award, 2nd prize winner from the National Federation of Music Clubs, and a winner of the David Adams Song Competition, soprano Deborah Lifton is emerging as one of today’s most interesting and versatile singers.

 “Her high notes were thrilling, her diction clear, and her concentration never wavered as she skillfully conveyed the meaning of each song,” wrote The New York Concert Review of Ms. Lifton’s recent debut recital at New York’s Merkin Hall. “She is a fine singing actress whose expressivity always seems to come from within…”.

An active recitalist, Ms. Lifton has also performed at New York City Trinity Church, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Lippes Concert Hall, Yamaha Showroom, the National Arts Club, the Galapagos Art Space and Aspen, Colorado’s Harris Concert Hall.

Engagements for 2011-2102 included the role of Millicent in the world premiere opera “The Secret Agent” in Hungary at the Szeged National Theater and in France at the Avignon Opera Theater. Deborah has performed leading roles with Encompass New Opera Theater’s production of two one-act contemporary operas composed by Philip Hagemann at New York’s Symphony Space. Other operatic appearances include both Susanna and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Beth in Little Women, Ellie in Showboat, Elisa in Il Re Pastore, and Catherine in A Death in the Family (Albany Records), as well as title roles in Bastien und Bastienne, L’enfant et les sortileges, and Armida. Ms. Lifton has appeared with the Center for Contemporary Opera, Mercury Opera Rochester, The Natchez Opera Festival, The Ash Lawn-Highland Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, The Bronx Opera Company, the Kitchen Theater and Opera Moderne.

Ms. Lifton regularly performs on sound tracks for documentaries and nationally televised commercials. She has also been heard on WQXR and was featured in Young Opera, a new series on

She has taught at New York University, Mannes College of Music (prep division) Syracuse University, Cornell University and Ithaca College. She is currently a faculty member at Western Connecticut State University and the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. She holds degrees in music from the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music.

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