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Deborah Voigt: Call Me Debbie
In Conversation with Arizona Opera General Director Ryan Taylor
Deborah Voigt

The internationally-renowned opera soprano, a self-professed "anti-diva," visits to share her memoir with Arizona Opera General Director Ryan Taylor. In her new book, she discusses the harrowing private battles she waged to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life and her professional reputation.

One of today's finest opera stars and most versatile singers, Deborah Voigt has sung on the world's greatest stages to rapturous praise. Beloved as a "Dramatic soprano and down-home Diva," she gained renown beyond that rarefied world when she was summarily fired from a production at London's Royal Opera House. She was perceived, it seemed, as too large for the little black dress she was supposed to wear (in an art form famous for its zaftig divas). A risky gastric bypass surgery led to major weight loss, but much of her adoring public never knew about the fallout of that dramatic decision: an insidious cross-addiction that led her from food addiction to severe alcoholism, depression, and the brink of destruction.

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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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ISBN: 9780062118271
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harper - January 27th, 2015