DEBORAH STERNBERG, described by critics as a “spine-tingling soprano” (Ben Demers, DC Theatre Scene), is praised for her flexibility, stage presence, and radiance of tone. Recent performances include art songs of Lili and Nadia Boulanger with Cantate Chamber Singers and Washington Master Chorale respectively; a duet recital of the story of Orpheus with a new chamber ensemble; featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Play! Video Game Symphony show at Wolf Trap Theatre; and recitals for the Friday Morning Music Club. In 2010 she was the featured soloist in works by Benjamin Britten and Maurice Saylor during the Cantate Chamber Singers’ performance on WETA-FM’s Front Row Washington program.
In the summer of 2012, Ms.Sternberg premiered the role of Piney in Andrew E. Simpson’s opera The Outcasts of Poker Flat, which was presented at the Capital Fringe Festival and the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. Ms. Sternberg is a winner of the 2007 state competitions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has been featured as a soloist on recordings of the Cathedral Choral Society, Cantate Chamber Singers, and the St. Catherine of Siena Choir.
In March, 2013, Ms.Sternberg sang the live music to the screening of the 1923-silent film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the American Film Institute in Maryland, composed by the great Gabriel Thibaudeau and arranged for soprano, theatre organ, and violin.
She has appeared as soloist with the Fairfax Symphony, and on the Kennedy Center concert stage in Der Rosenkavalier with Renee Fleming in March, 2014. Her first full-length CD, The Avian Project, features new music written for Soprano and will be released in 2015.
"Deborah Sternberg's recital featuring "The Avian Project" was a joy from beginning to end. With her luminous and beautiful natural voice combined with immaculate musicianship, Ms. Sternberg regaled us with optimum performances of these outstanding songs by American composers. Here is a stunning young vocal artist to watch out for!" 2014, Norman Scribner, after attending The Avian Project recital
"Deborah shone as soloist and interpreter of some rather lovely music composed for the movie." 2013, patron Stephanie C., after presenting Gabriel Thibaudeau's The Hunchback of Notre Dame score at the American Film Institute
"You sound absolutely ravishing in the Boulanger songs, especially in that church. Mlle. loved a very focused clean soprano sound." 2012, Robert Shafer, regarding Nadia Boulanger song set performance
"It was a fabulous concert. -- I want to hear more. Ms Sternberg's voice and presence enchanted the space." 2012 Email from a patron, R.G. regarding the Si Dolce é'l tormento recital
"Deborah's soprano is pure, clear, and beautiful" 2011 Maryland Theatre Guide review of Andrew E. Simpson's opera Outcasts of Poker Flat, Page to Stage Festival, Kennedy Center
"...Deborah Sternberg... intonations were among the high points of the evening." 2008 Washington Post Review of Countertop Quartet performance
"In Benjamin Britten's 'A Wedding Anthem,' soprano Deborah Sternberg sang 'See how the scarlet sun' ethereally" 2006 Washington Post review of Cantate Chamber Singers