Soprano Deborah Voigt, 27, of Anaheim, was named one of 40 winners Sunday at the Opera Company of Philadelphia-Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Philadelphia. Voigt, who shared top honors at the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions in Los Angeles in 1984, was the only Southern California winner from a field that began with 1,500 singers.
Voigt is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and was enrolled in the Merola Opera Program, a training program for young singers at the San Francisco Opera. The Philadelphia competition winners will be cast in two productions with Pavarotti to be given by the Philadelphia Opera in March and April, 1989. Productions under consideration are Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” and Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore.”
Postponement of its national tour has caused the cancellation of the “Night of the Guitars” extravaganza Oct. 29 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Nine noted rock guitarists-- Steve Howe, Alvin Lee, Robby Krieger, Ronnie Montrose, Leslie West, Randy California, Eric Johnson, Pete Haycock and Steve Hunter--were to have shared the stage. Tickets can be returned for a refund at the place where they were purchased.
The Community Symphony of Orange County, a non-professional ensemble sponsored by the Pacific Symphony, is seeking string and oboe players for its first concert, scheduled for Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. at Santa Ana High School Auditorium, 520 W. Walnut St. The program, to be led by conductor Donn Mills, will include music by Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Admission will be free. Interested musicians should call Mills at (714) 997-6871 or Stan Stuhlbarg at (714) 640-6764.