Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva

Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva

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by Deborah Voigt
     
 

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In Call Me Debbie, internationally renowned opera singer Deborah Voigt describes her journey to become one of the world's most celebrated artists. In a strikingly unguarded and revelatory memoir, Voigt writes not just about the excitement and glamor of her musical career, but describes—in often harrowing detail—her private battles with

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In Call Me Debbie, internationally renowned opera singer Deborah Voigt describes her journey to become one of the world's most celebrated artists. In a strikingly unguarded and revelatory memoir, Voigt writes not just about the excitement and glamor of her musical career, but describes—in often harrowing detail—her private battles with addictions to food and alcohol, and a myriad of other self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her, threatening to ruin her professional reputation and personal well-being.

Voigt reveals here, for the first time, the troubling sequence of addictive behavior that led to her being fired from a London opera production for being too large to fit into the "little black dress" demanded by the role, and her subsequent gastric bypass surgery and its dramatic aftermath. She speaks openly of the "cross-addiction" that led to severe alcoholism, frightening all-night blackouts, and suicide attempts. Here, too, is the story of how she achieved complete sobriety, thanks to a twelve-step program and a recommitment to her Christian faith.

Highlighting hilarious anecdotes and juicy gossip that illuminate what really goes on backstage, Voigt talks candidly about the impresarios, singers, and conductors with whom she's worked. She offers fascinating insight into the roles she has played and the characters she loves, including Strauss's Ariadne and Salome, Puccini's Minnie, and Wagner's Sieglinde, Isolde, and Brünnhilde, sharing her inspiration and her preparation for playing them. Complete with eight pages of color photographs, Call Me Debbie is a heartfelt, inspirational story that offers a unique look into the life of an incredible artist and a remarkable woman, one who overcame terrible demons before she could regain her self-respect and achieve peace. Powerfully honest and utterly compelling, this is a remarkable memoir.

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Library Journal
01/01/2015
The upfront title sets the genial tone for this frank and confessional biography. Throughout, opera singer Voigt (b. 1960), a self-professed antidiva, maintains a no-holds-barred conversational tone, with a healthy dose of humor—one highlight: a jinxed production of Tristan und Isolde—and infused with her Christian faith. She delivers plenty of dish, from the bizarre antics of Mezzo X and Mezzo Y to her self-lacerating low self-esteem and addictions to food, men (distant and temperamental ones), and alcohol. One weight-loss attempt involved the injection of women's urine—she kids you not. Voigt eventually shed, and kept off, more than 100 pounds through gastric bypass surgery. Not surprising given her career, the singer is prone to high drama. Regarding an abusive boyfriend (and pot farmer): "He was a criminal and I was his willing prisoner." She's equally fluent in therapy-speak, having recently completed a rehab stint in 2013. VERDICT There's plenty here to captivate those who have followed the opera scene; the book also serves as an accessible entry to the world of Richard Wagner and Giacomo Puccini. Multimedia collections should also keep on hand the behind-the-scenes 2012 documentary Wagner's Dream, about the Metropolitan Opera's recent Ring cycle, starring the soprano in her prime. Viewers witness her slipping onstage and then nimbly recovering, which is one of the disarming anecdotes recounted here. [See Prepub Alert, 7/7/14.]—Kent Turner, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062118295
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
175,003
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Deborah Voigt is one of the world's leading dramatic sopranos, internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.She has also portrayed some of the iconic heroines in Italian opera to great acclaim. An active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs, Voigt appears regularly, as both performer and host, in the Metropolitan Opera's The Met: Live in HD series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters across the United States and overseas. She is also co-creator of Voigt Lessons, a one-woman show she developed with award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello.

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