Of her Tosca one critic wrote:
“How rare to hear the role sung from start to finish with such scrupulous attention to detail, to hear line, sculpted with such fidelity to verista style.
Although Raymond’s voice is more rounded, less reedy, she often reminded me of the legendary Magda Olivero.
Soprano Deborah Raymond made her critically acclaimed debut as Salome at the Semper Opera in Dresden/Germany in Joachim Herz's production which was televised throughout Europe.
German opera magazine, OpernWelt wrote: "Deborah Raymond's voice culminates in a rapturous top. One has seldom experienced such a sensitive princess since Cebotari". Ms. Raymond performed the role in other German theaters, with Utah Opera, Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, Des Moines Opera, and understudied the role in Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.
Other roles sung in Europe include: Marie in Wozzeck; Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (in Russian in Minsk); Gerhilde in Die Walküre in such theaters as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stadttheater Aachen, The Netherlands Opera, and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
In the USA her roles have been: 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 Bohème with Indianapolis Opera, Opera North Carolina, Nevada Opera, and Midland Symphony; Donna Elvira with Arizona Opera; Tosca with Sacramento Opera, Nevada Opera, Pamiro Opera, and Midland Symphony.
Her Wozzeck Marie with Spoleto USA Festival was a career highlight. She has performed the role of die Frau in Schoenberg’s Erwartung with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as various organizations in the United States.
Featured as Eine Dirne, (written for her), she performed the role in the world premiere of Reigen by Philippe Boesmans in Brussels, Strasbourg, and Paris. It is available on Compact Disc and the filmed version was televised throughout Europe.
Notable are several performances in Flagstaff, Arizona with concert pianist Jeffrey Swann and with the Flagstaff Symphony. Her staged performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Jeffrey Swann and NAU music faculty was a triumph. 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.
Ms. Raymond retired in May, 2020 as Associate Professor Emerita at NAU, after 19 ½ years of teaching voice and Diction. Her students have won numerous awards and competitions, Many are accepted into graduate programs of the best music schools and conservatories in the country.
In 2007, she and her husband, Nando Schellen, founded a program in Italy, “Flagstaff in Fidenza”, which, for five years, gave 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 Associate Artistic Director and Program Coordinator.
Currently, Ms. Raymond resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, and maintains a private voice studio.
Flagstaff Arizona 2021