Soprano Deborah Raymond, graduate of the University of Iowa, made her critically acclaimed debut as Salomé at the Semper Opera in Dresden/Germany in Joachim Herz's production which was televised throughout Europe.
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 sung in Europe include: Marie in Wozzeck; Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (in Minsk, Alexander Anissimov conducting); Gerhilde in Die Walküre in such theaters as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stadttheater Aachen, The Netherlands Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, and Landestheater Coburg.
In the USA her roles have been: Nedda in I Pagliacci, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Tosca, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Marie in Wozzeck; with Indianapolis Opera, Opera North Carolina, Nevada Opera, Arizona Opera, Virginia Opera, Florentine Opera, Mobile Opera, Sacramento Opera, Nevada Opera, as well as numerous performances with symphony orchestras.
Of her Tosca one critic wrote, “Though Raymond’s voice is more rounded, less reedy, she often reminded me of the legendary Magda Oliviero.” She recorded the role of die Frau in Erwartung with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, and has performed staged performance in the United States as well.
She was featured as Zoe in Stephen Climax by Hans Zender and as Eine Dirne (composed for her) 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 on television throughout Europe.
She performs regularly in Flagstaff, Arizona with concert pianist Jeffrey Swann; 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). She has also performed with the Missoula Symphony (Wagner Liebestod), the Sedona Chamber Music Festival (Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet with the Chicago String Quartet), and Master Chorale of Flagstaff (Handel’s Messiah). Her staged performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Jeffrey Swann and NAU music faculty was a triumph, as was her recent performance of Ravel’s “Shéhérazade”. In May 2015 she was artistic director and performer in a commemoration of seventy years since the end of World War II and the Holocaust, presenting works by Viktor Ullmann and other composers from the concentration camp Terezin, as well as “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Ellwood Derr.
Ms. Raymond is Associate Professor at NAU and has taught there since 2001.She is active in National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and was Arizona Governor of the organization for three years. Her students have won numerous awards and many are accepted into graduate programs of the best music schools and conservatories in the country, including Juilliard, Boston Conservatory, Mannes School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music.
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”, 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 was also Associate Artistic Director and Program Coordinator. They presented their fifth season of the festival in 2013. The program ended with the passing of Mr. Schellen.