Call Me Debbie
Call Me Debbie
True Confessions of a Down-To-Earth Diva
Harper, Hardcover, 9780062118271, 288pp.
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
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 Brunnhilde, 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.
In a frank new memoir, soprano Deborah Voigt reveals her troubles with obesity, alcohol and bad relationships, along with her many triumphs in opera houses the world over. More at NPR.org
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