Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva by Deborah Voigt

By Deborah Voigt

Across the world cherished opera celebrity Deborah Voigt recounts her harrowing and eventually profitable inner most battles to beat the addictions and self-destructive traits that just about destroyed her life.

Call Me Debbie is among the such a lot electrifying performances of Deborah Voigt's lifestyles. The brilliantly talented opera soprano takes us at the back of the velvet curtains to inform her compelling story-a story of luck, dependancy, tune, and religion as dramatic as any function she has played. For the 1st time, she talks concerning the occasions that resulted in her risky gastric skip surgical procedure in 2004 and its stunning aftermath: her titanic weightloss coupled with the "cross addiction" that resulted in serious alcoholism, scary all-night blackouts, and suicide makes an attempt. finally, Voigt emerged from the darkness to accomplish whole sobriety, due to a twelve-step software and a recommitment to her Christian faith.

Colored via hilarious anecdotes and juicy gossip that light up what particularly is going on behind the scenes, Voigt paints diverting photos of the artists with whom she's labored, her so much memorable moments onstage, and her secrets and techniques to nice making a song. She additionally deals attention-grabbing perception into the jobs she's performed and the characters she loves, together with Strauss's Ariadne and Salome, Puccini's Minnie, and Wagner's Sieglinde, Isolde, and Brünnhilde, sharing her extreme education for enjoying them.

Filled with 8 pages of colour photographs, Call Me Debbie is an inspirational tale that provides a different inspect the lifetime of a latest artist and a extraordinary lady.

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From this standpoint, one page of Montaigne, a single Verlaine poem, or one sentence by Proust is far more anti-Communist than the accusing choir which you represent. They are free and therefore they are liberating. And last, the fourth reproach: genuinely ambitious art (these reproaches are directed only at creators with high aspirations, at those who do not deny the name of artists) must be in advance of its time, it must be the art of tomorrow. How is one to reconcile this wonderful task with reality, that is, with today?

I said that today’s Poland is a piece of stale bread which breaks into two halves with a snap: the believing and the nonbelieving. After returning home I thought that the above passages were worthy of scrutiny. That ‘‘faith in faith,’’ that strong accent on an act of will which ‘‘creates faith,’’ that retreat from faith into the region where it is created, this is something that really addresses me. Plus: what sort of position am I to take regarding Catholicism? I am not thinking of my strictly artistic work, because there one does not select positions or bases.

34 Volume 1 Saturday Engineer L. invited me to the meeting of a certain Catholic society. About twenty people and a monk. A short prayer was said, after which L. read passages from Simone Weil in his own very good, from what I could judge, translation. A discussion followed. As always at such meetings, I was struck at first glance by the lamentable technical drawbacks of this undertaking. Simone Weil is difficult, dense, loaded with internal experience. One has to return to many of her thoughts over and over again.

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