With her experience and versatility in the performance of multiple vocal genres, Deborah Rogers has become a sought after stage and concert presence nationally and internationally.
Originally from Brisbane, Deborah graduated with Honours in Music from the University of Southern Queensland in 2005, as a recipient of the Special Achievement in Music Award. Since then, she has completed an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and is currently completing a Masters in Music (Performance). In 2009, Deborah performed as one of six national finalists in the Opera Foundation Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship and in 2011, was a recipient of the Australian Voice Association’s Student Encouragement Award for her commitment and passion to vocal study, performance and teaching.
Her performance credits include Elizabeth Proctor in the Australian Premiere of Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize winning Opera, “The Crucible”, Kitty Vaughan in “The Last Maharajah”, Tanya & Sister Chantelle in “Bare: A Pop Opera”. Deborah has also performed with the West Australian Opera in productions of Peter Grimes, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana and i Pagliacci.
In 2011, Deborah took up a two year Young Artist Residency with Opera Queensland making her role and company debut as Flora in “La Traviata” for the Brisbane Festival’s, Opera at the Racecourse and her mainstage debut as Peep Bo in “The Mikado”. Her engagements with the company have included mainstage appearances as Tisbe in Rossini’s “Cinderella” and acting the role of Monterone’s Daughter in “Rigoletto” (Verdi). She has also understudied the roles of Dorabella in “Cosi fan Tutte”, Mercedes in“Carmen” and Giovanna/Maddelena in “Rigoletto”. She has also performed with Opera Australia's Handa Opera on the Sydney Harbour in their vibrant production of “Carmen”.
On the concert platform, Deborah has appeared as a support artist to Michael Buble (2008 Australian Concerts), soloist at the NZ Concert Series “Summer in the Square” & “Music in Parks” (New Zealand), soloist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra as well as many high profile charity events.
Deborah is also a current member of the international performance sensation, The 7 Sopranos. She has toured stages across the globe with their classical and crossover music style, from Dubai to Dubbo and recently created the role of "Barb Roberts" in the new Australian Musical featuring The 7 Sopranos, "Songs from Stage and Screen". She made her recording debut in 2013 as a member of the group and is featured on both of The 7 Soprano albums.
Since Deborah’s move to New Zealand in 2018, she has been seen on New Zealand stages most recently as the Counsel in Stuart Maunder's production of "Trial by Jury" in Christchurch, with the New Zealand Opera School and Whanganui Opera Week’s “Opera and Aroha on the River”. This year, she will perform the role of Dr Bartola in “The Barber of Seville” Youth & School’s Tour and cover the role of Rosina in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” with NZ Opera later this year
**Deborah is a 2018-2019 Freemasons New Zealand Opera Artist.