Brown, tenors Ben Heppner and Dongwon Shin, 1970s rock icon Rod Stewart, stage and screen star John Lithgow, and (as host) former television news anchor Tom Brokaw joined the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Singers Chorale for a program of operatic, orchestral, Broadway and rock favorites.
Happily, Voigt was present for last night's second annual Opera News Awards dinner, at which she was one of the five honorees. (The others were Heppner, bass Ren_ Pape, longtime Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine, and retired soprano/current stage director Renata Scotto.) A spokesperson for Voigt told PlaybillArts that she felt able to attend because of the less strenuous nature of the event — she herself did not have to sing, and the travel involved was only a brief taxi trip. (The only featured guest who was unable to appear was Marilyn Horne, who has been battling health problems for about a year; baritone Thomas Hampson, the event's co-host, filled in for Horne in presenting Levine's award.)
Voigt is scheduled to be the featured soloist for this week's Boston Symphony subscription concerts under Levine: At three performances February 1-3 (plus an open rehearsal on January 31), she is to sing Beethoven's concert aria Ah! perfido and Schoenberg's monodrama Erwartung, on a program which also includes Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 8.
Her spokesperson said yesterday afternoon that "these concerts in Boston are very important to her" and that she fully expects to be there for all rehearsals and performances.