Deborah Raymond's voice culminates in a rapturous top. One has seldom experienced such a sensitive Salomé since Cebotari.


With Nando Schellen she founded a program in Italy, giving young singers from all over the world the opportunity to receive training and perform entire opera roles with orchestra.

Opera Program: Flagstaff in Fidenza

Her students have won numerous awards and many are accepted into graduate programs of the best music schools in the country.

Northern Arizona University

Deborah Raymond


photos courtesy Shane McDermott

Events and performances:

Horizons concert

Shéhérazade, Ravel

Deborah Raymond soprano, Brian Lockard piano, and Emily McKay flute


Click here for audio recording


In preparation: fall 2015

Performances of Heitor Villa-Lobos:

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Flagstaff in Fidenza 2016
has been cancelled



Back in 2016
'Così fan tutte' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters, School of Music, in Collaboration with the City of Fidenza (PR), Italy presents: Summer International Opera & Concert Festival.

Where: Fidenza (PR) and other surrounding communities in Northern Italy


Nando Schellen, Artistic Director

• Romano Franceschetto, Associate Artistic Director

Deborah Raymond, Associate Artistic Director/Program Coordinator

Nearly four weeks of intensive vocal technique, coaching, and performance in Opera, Art Song, and Oratorio.

International Faculty from the United States, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands. 

Performances in beautiful theaters, churches, and other venues in Fidenza, Parma, Salsomaggiore, Busseto, and Carpi.

Program for 2016:

Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, fully staged in Italian with professional orchestra. (two performances)

Opera scenes in original languages will be chosen from the participating singers’ requests and abilities.

(Click here for Details on How to Apply page)

Because We Remember Them
World War II and the Holocaust in the Arts
A commemoration through personal accounts,
music, dance, film, and drama.

The event on May 2, 2015, organized by Deborah Raymond, Associate Professor of Voice at NAU, included music and drama by composers and authors who lived in the Nazi camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia (and were later deported); as well as commentary from NAU Director of Opera Theatre Nando Schellen, who spent his childhood in the Netherlands and Belgium during the war.

Works by Erwin Schulhoff, Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas, Vitezslav Horpatsky, Felix Prokes, Mauel Chebsky, Leo Strauss, Myra Strauss-Gruhenberg, Ellwood Derr, Ilse Weber, were performed.

Flagstaff in Fidenza Facebook Page



Auditions for Flagstaff in Fidenza's 2016 season:

"The devoted, attentive, and caring faculty took us hand by hand through the delicate and profound process of creation.

With tremendous patience, each singer received the most detailed supportive personal guidance.

During the course of a month one could easily sense the development and growth of the participants on the richly knowledgeable and supportive ground that the faculty has created.

Shiri Hershkovitz 2013

In preparation:

Upcoming Recital with Brian Lockard,
pianist in Camp Verde, Arizona,

Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Program includes "Shéhérazade" by Ravel and Tatiana's Letter Scene from "Eugene Onegin"

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