Call Me Debbie
Call Me Debbie
True Confessions of a Down-To-Earth Diva
Harper, Hardcover, 9780062118271, 288pp.
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
A startlingly frank look at the life of one of our generation's most prominent operatic stars. Associated Press
In Call Me Debbie, internationally renowned opera singer Deborah Voigt describes her journey to become one of the world's most celebrated artists and also discusses her private battles with addictions to food and alcohol, and a myriad of other self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her.
Voigt reveals here 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 about what really goes on backstage, Voigt talks candidly about the impresarios, singers, and conductors with whom she's worked and offers fascinating insight into the roles she has played and the characters she loves.
Complete with eight pages of color photographs, Call Me Debbie is an inspirational story that offers a unique look into the life of an incredible artist.
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
NPR Audio Player Requires Flash Upgrade: Please upgrade your plug-in to view this content.