VIDEO: Soprano Deborah Voigt Confronts Little Black Dress, Talks CALL ME DEBBIE Memoir

By: Jan. 26, 2015
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In a fun video for People, opera star Deborah Voigt confronts the little black dress that lost her the role of 'Ariadne' at London's Royal Opera House eleven years ago. She was fired after not fitting into the costume, but the experience only served to inform her new memoir CALL ME DEBBIE. watch!

Voigt's new memoir, "Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva", will be published tomorrow, January 27, 2015. In additon, the 92Y will present the New York City premiere of the soprano's one-woman show VOIGT LESSONS on Thursday, February 26. Co-created with Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and acclaimed opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, the show features Voigt performing arias, pop songs, standards and spirituals of deep personal significance, along with anecdotes and backstage stories describing her astonishing rise to operatic heights, despite her private challenges.

Deborah Voigt is recognized as one of the world's most versatile singers and one of music's most endearing personalities. Throughout her career, Ms. Voigt has given definitive performances of iconic roles in German opera, from Wagner's Sieglinde (Die Walküre) and Isolde to Richard Strauss's Ariadne and Salome. Her starring role as Brünnhilde in Robert Lepage's new Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera earned international acclaim. She is also noted for her starring roles in such popular Italian roles as Tosca, Aida, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destinoand La fanciulla del West.

At the same time, as a devotee of Broadway and American song, Ms. Voigt has given acclaimed performances of popular fare. She has sung with Barbara Cook and Dianne Reeves at the Hollywood Bowl, Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall, and Rufus Wainwright at the BBC Proms, and she has given performances in Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. In the summer of 2011 Ms. Voigt won praise as Annie Oakley at the Glimmerglass Festival, headlining both Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun and the world premiere of her own Voigt Lessons, the one-woman show she developed with award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello.


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