Call Me Debbie

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

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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 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0062118277
  • 9780062118271
  • 702,691

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"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.
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