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Title:
Call me Debbie : true confessions of a down-to-earth diva
Author:
Voigt, Deborah, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]

©2015.
Physical Description:
x, 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
An internationally beloved opera star recounts her harrowing and ultimately successful private battles to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life. --Publisher's description.
Language:
English
Contents:
Overture: Heavenly voices -- Act I piccola. My fair little lady ; Jesus loves me ; Sweet and innocent ; High school musical ; Wild things -- Act II accelerando. When the student is ready ; Covering butts ; Next stop, the Wiener Staatsoper ; Diets and divas ; Amelia and Ariadne: luck be this lady ; Leona, Leonie, Luciano: breathroughs and breaking up -- Act III crescendo. Dangerous liaisons and Plácido's kiss ; Blood, death, and grace ; Little black dress and sexy Salome ; Princes, rogues, blackouts, and bottoms ; Fathers, love, and the ride of the Valkyries ; Fear and loathing in Liège ; A tree of life -- Finale: Voigt lessons.
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Added Author:
ISBN:
9780062118271
Format :
Book

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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 Br#65533;nnhilde, 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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Library Journal Review

The upfront title sets the genial tone for this frank and confessional biography. Throughout, opera singer Voigt (b. 1960), a self-professed antidiva, maintains a no-holds-barred conversational tone, with a healthy dose of humor-one highlight: a jinxed production of Tristan und Isolde-and infused with her Christian faith. She delivers plenty of dish, from the bizarre antics of Mezzo X and Mezzo Y to her self-lacerating low self-esteem and addictions to food, men (distant and temperamental ones), and alcohol. One weight-loss attempt involved the injection of women's urine-she kids you not. Voigt eventually shed, and kept off, more than 100 pounds through gastric bypass surgery. Not surprising given her career, the singer is prone to high drama. Regarding an abusive boyfriend (and pot farmer): "He was a criminal and I was his willing prisoner." She's equally fluent in therapy-speak, having recently completed a rehab stint in 2013. VERDICT There's plenty here to captivate those who have followed the opera scene; the book also serves as an accessible entry to the world of Richard Wagner and Giacomo Puccini. Multimedia collections should also keep on hand the behind-the-scenes 2012 documentary Wagner's Dream, about the Metropolitan Opera's recent Ring cycle, starring the soprano in her prime. Viewers witness her slipping onstage and then nimbly recovering, which is one of the disarming anecdotes recounted here. [See Prepub Alert, 7/7/14.]-Kent Turner, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Overture: Heavenly Voicesp. 1
Act I Piccola
1 My Fair Little Ladyp. 7
2 Jesus Loves Mep. 17
3 Sweet and Innocentp. 29
4 High School Musicalp. 40
5 Wild Thingsp. 52
Act II Accelerando
6 When the Student Is Readyp. 65
7 Covering Buttsp. 82
8 Next Stop, the Wiener Staatsoperp. 92
9 Diets and Divasp. 103
10 Amelia and Ariadne: Luck Be This Ladyp. 117
11 Leona, Leonie, Luciano: Breakthroughs and Breaking Upp. 133
Act III Crescendo
12 Dangerous Liaisons and Plácido's Kissp. 151
13 Blood, Death, and Gracep. 164
14 Little Black Dress and Sexy Salomep. 184
15 Princes, Rogues, Blackouts, and Bottomsp. 204
16 Fathers, Love, and the Ride of the Valkyriesp. 223
17 Fear and Loathing in Liègep. 238
18 A Tree of Lifep. 247
Finale: Voigt Lessonsp. 259