In Call Me Debbie, internationally renowned opera singer Deborah Voigt describes her journey to become one of the worlds most celebrated artists. In a strikingly unguarded and revelatory memoir, Voigt writes not just about the excitement and glamor of her musical career, but describesin often harrowing detailher private battles with addictions to food and alcohol, and a myriad of other self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her, threatening to ruin her professional reputation and personal well-being.Voigt reveals here, for the first time, the troubling sequence of addictive behavior that led to her being fired from a London opera production for being too large to fit into the little black dress demanded by the role, and her subsequent gastric bypass surgery and its dramatic aftermath. She speaks openly of the cross-addiction that led to severe alcoholism, frightening all-night blackouts, and suicide attempts. Here, too, is the story of how she achieved complete sobriety, thanks to a twelve-step program and a recommitment to her Christian faith.Highlighting hilarious anecdotes and juicy gossip that illuminate what really goes on backstage, Voigt talks candidly about the impresarios, singers, and conductors with whom shes worked. She offers fascinating insight into the roles she has played and the characters she loves, including Strausss Ariadne and Salome, Puccinis Minnie, and Wagners Sieglinde, Isolde, and Brnnhilde, sharing her inspiration and her preparation for playing them. Complete with eight pages of color photographs, Call Me Debbie is a heartfelt, inspirational story that offers a unique look into the life of an incredible artist and a remarkable woman, one who overcame terrible demons before she could regain her self-respect and achieve peace. Powerfully honest and utterly compelling, this is a remarkable memoir.