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

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

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

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

by Deborah Voigt


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Internationally beloved opera star Deborah Voigt recounts her harrowing and ultimately successful private battles to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life.

Call Me Debbie is one of the most electrifying performances of Deborah Voigt’s life. The brilliantly gifted opera soprano takes us behind the velvet curtains to tell her compelling story—a tale of success, addiction, music, and faith as dramatic as any role she has performed. For the first time, she talks about the events that led to her dangerous gastric bypass surgery in 2004 and its shocking aftermath: her substantial weight loss coupled with the “cross addiction” that led to severe alcoholism, frightening all-night blackouts, and suicide attempts. Ultimately, Voigt emerged from the darkness to achieve complete sobriety, thanks to a twelve-step program and a recommitment to her Christian faith.

Colored by hilarious anecdotes and juicy gossip that illuminate what really goes on backstage, Voigt paints diverting portraits of the artists with whom she’s worked, her most memorable moments onstage, and her secrets to great singing. She also offers fascinating insight into the roles she’s played and the characters she loves, including Strauss’s Ariadne and Salome, Puccini’s Minnie, and Wagner’s Sieglinde, Isolde, and Brünnhilde, sharing her intense preparation for playing them.

Filled with eight pages of color photos, Call Me Debbie is an inspirational story that offers a unique look into the life of a modern artist and a remarkable woman.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062118288
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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. She is also co-creator of Voigt Lessons, a one-woman show she developed with award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello.

Table of Contents

Overture: Heavenly Voices 1

Act I Piccola

1 My Fair Little Lady 7

2 Jesus Loves Me 17

3 Sweet and Innocent 29

4 High School Musical 40

5 Wild Things 52

Act II Accelerando

6 When the Student Is Ready 65

7 Covering Butts 82

8 Next Stop, the Wiener Staatsoper 92

9 Diets and Divas 103

10 Amelia and Ariadne: Luck Be This Lady 117

11 Leona, Leonie, Luciano: Breakthroughs and Breaking Up 133

Act III Crescendo

12 Dangerous Liaisons and Plácido's Kiss 151

13 Blood, Death, and Grace 164

14 Little Black Dress and Sexy Salome 184

15 Princes, Rogues, Blackouts, and Bottoms 204

16 Fathers, Love, and the Ride of the Valkyries 223

17 Fear and Loathing in Liège 238

18 A Tree of Life 247

Finale: Voigt Lessons 259

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