Soprano Deborah Raymond has sung extensively in Europe. A
graduate of the University of Iowa, she made her critically acclaimed debut as
Salome at the Semper Opera in Dresden/Germany in Joachim Herz's production
which was televised throughout Europe.
Of her performance OpernWelt wrote: "Deborah Raymond's
voice culminates in a rapturous top. One has seldom experienced such a
sensitive princess since Cebotari". Subsequently Ms. Raymond has performed
the role of Salome in other German theaters, with Utah Opera, Opera Carolina,
Arizona Opera, Des Moines Opera, and covered Catherine Malfitano in the Luc
Bondy production in Chicago, as well as Maria Ewing in the Peter Hall
production in San Francisco.
Other roles performed include:
- Marie in Wozzeck
- Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (in German and in Russian)
- Gerhilde in Die Walküre
- Donna Elvira, singing in theaters such as Deutsche Oper,
Berlin, Stadttheater Aachen, Opera Forum of Enschede/NL, the Netherlands Opera,
and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels
She recorded the role of die Frau in Erwartung for Netherlands
Radio with the Radio Symphony Orchestra, and performed it in 1994 in
Indianapolis as well as at NAU in 2003. She was featured as Zoe in Stephen
Climax by Hans Zender and as Eine Dirne in the world premiere of Reigen by
Philippe Boesmans at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels directed by
Luc Bondy. Later Reigen was revived in Strasbourg and the Théatre du Chatelet
in Paris and is available on Compact Disc. The filmed version was seen in 1995
on television throughout Europe. In 1997 she participated in the Chicago Lyric
Opera's production of Luciano Berio's Un Re in Ascolto as La Protagonista.
In 1994 she sang Tatiana in Russian in Minsk, Belorus with
Alexander Anissimov conducting. That year she covered the role of Marie
in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Wozzeck. Added to her repertoire in the USA
are Nedda in I Pagiacci with Virginia Opera and Florentine Opera, Cio-Cio-San
in Madama Butterfly with Mobile Opera,and Nevada Opera; Mimi in La Boheme
with Indianapolis Opera, Opera North Carolina, Nevada Opera, and Midland
Symphony; Tosca with Sacramento Opera, Nevada Opera, Pamiro Opera, and Midland
Symphony. Of her Tosca one critic wrote, “Though Raymond’s voice is more
rounded, less reedy, she often reminded me of the legendary Madga
Oliviero.” Her Wozzeck Marie with Spoleto USA Festival in 1997 was a
Ms. Raymond is Associate Professor at NAU and has taught there since 2001. She performs regularly on Faculty Chamber Concerts, with the Flagstaff Symphony (Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Barber “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”, Mozart C Minor Mass, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Verdi scenes), as well as the NAU Symphony (Wagner Liebestod, Bruce Reiprich’s “The River empties into…”), and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival (Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet with the Chicago String Quartet). She also performs often with international concert pianist Jeffrey Swann on the Horizons Concert Series concerts (Messiaen, Wolf, Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" and Wagner's "Wesendonk Lieder").
She is active in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and was Arizona District Governor of the organization from 2011-2014. Her students have won countless awards and many are accepted into graduate programs of the best music schools in the country. One of her high school students, Kresley Figueroa, was recently awarded a substantial scholarship as a freshman at Juilliard.
After teaching for four summers at Seagle Colony, the oldest summer opera training program in the US, she and her husband, Nando Schellen, founded a program in Italy, “Flagstaff in Fidenza”, preparing for its sixth summer, giving young singers from all over the world the opportunity to receive training and perform entire opera roles with orchestra. Besides teaching voice at the program, she is also Associate Artistic Director and Program Coordinator.