Publishers

Harper
(2015-01-27)

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Non-Fiction
Biography/Memoir

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CALL ME DEBBIE

Deborah Voigt, Natasha Stoynoff

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 Brünnhilde, 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.

DEBORAH VOIGTis one of the world's most versatile singers and one of music's most endearing personalities. Through her performances and television appearances, she is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice, as well as for her captivating stage presence. A leading dramatic soprano, internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, she has also portrayed some of the great heroines in Italian opera to great acclaim. An active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs, Voigt has an extensive discography and has given many enthusiastically received master classes. She also 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 U.S. and overseas.

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Q&A: Opera Star Deborah Voigt Writes of Turbulent Life...

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Fired for Being Too Fat, Opera Singer Deborah Voigt Admits 'I Was a Poster Child for Food Addiction'

People

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review and interview

Wall Street Journal

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A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune... - Review and Interview

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An opera singer on life after she was fired for being ‘too fat’...

New York Post

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“What I like about this book is her candor feels very natural,” said Boston novelist Daphne Kalotay (“Sight Reading”). “It’s like your best girlfriend talking to you and telling you her story. She has such a great sense of humor.”...

The Boston Globe

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Video: The renowned operatic soprano opens up about her food and alcohol addictions in a new memoir. She tells Hoda and Jenna about her most diva moment on the stage.

Today

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Opera Star Deborah Voigt Premieres in One-Woman Show in NYC, VOIGT LESSONS, 2/26/15

Broadway World

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