Sunday, March 27, 2005

How can I say "wait until the fat lady sings" anymore, damnit?

Trust me, fat girls have rounder tones, and better resonance.
(No, this is fallacy.)
I know something about the Roux-N-Y. I had it done on Tuesday, February 28, 1985.
Ask me what happened next...

Formerly Overweight Opera Singer Underwent Gastric Bypass Surgery

NEW YORK (AP) - Deborah Voigt, the opera soprano who was fired from a London production last year for being overweight, underwent gastric bypass surgery, her publicist said Saturday.

Voigt called the procedure, which creates a small pouch out of the top of the stomach and connects it to half of the small intestine, "a blessing," according to The New York Times, which first reported the surgery on its Web site Saturday.

Voigt's publicist, Albert Imperato, confirmed that the operation occurred but declined to discuss details.

Voigt, 44, reportedly had the surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York last June, months after she was fired from a production of Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" at Covent Garden in London because she could not fit into the costume for the title character.

She resumed performing seven weeks after the operation and has received positive reviews of her singing since then. She told the Times she was going public because everyone asked her about her new look.

"I felt it was time to talk about it," she said. "I don't want to be dishonest."
Voigt, who reportedly lost 100 pounds after the surgery, did not say how much she weighed, but said she now wears a size 14 dress and hopes to get down to a size 12. At her heaviest, she said she wore a size 30.

"I really still think of myself as a very big woman," she told the Times. "My mind hasn't had the opportunity to catch up with the progress my body has made in a short amount of time."

Voigt will perform April 4 in New York when she sings the role of Amelia in the first of eight performances of the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Verdi's "Ballo in Maschera."

AP-ES-03-26-05 2240 EST


BACKSTORY: What happened to opera singer Deborah Voigt, and one blogger's commentary: News - Entertainment - Covent Garden sacks operatic diva because she’s too fat [ OPERA SINGER TOO FAT? This slays me! ]

A ROW about fat ladies in the world of opera has erupted after a leading soprano was sacked because of her size.

American diva Deborah Voight was booked for a June production of Ariadne on Naxos at Covent Garden but her contract was cancelled because she is too big, a Royal Opera House spokesman confirmed.

Ms Voight, who is estimated to weigh between 15 and 20 stones, (OVER 300 LBS) has been replaced by the less heavy Anne Schwanewilms. (250 LBS) Casting Director Peter Katona has defended his decision on the basis Ms Voight would not look right in the black dress he had planned for the part.

The spokesman confirmed Mr Katona’s comments to a Sunday paper in which he said: “Although Ms Voight is a wonderful singer, the costume and type of production made it not such a fortunate suggestion that she should be in it.


AND GUEST BLOGGER, Pendra of Pendra's Realm

Fat Ladies Shouldn’t Sing


Opera Divas and Black Women for whatever reason, think bigger is better. Mo’Nique, Star Jones (who is undergoing-----undergone!--- gastric bypass surgery), Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin - overweight, obese women who are touting that Big is Beautiful. [ and, how! ]

I’m sorry, it’s not. It’s unhealthy and a little gross. At some point they have got to be tired of wearing tents as evening wear.

Women trying to lose weight - I applaud you. It took me 3 months to put on 50 pounds and almost two years to take it off - 10 to go, thank you. I know it’s hard. You aren’t the problem. It’s women who have ceased to care because it’s “too hard” or “too much work” or the catch-all excuse - “my man likes me big”.

Hope your man likes using a forklift to haul your body to the cemetery, because that’s where you’re headed.

[My man has already leased the steam shovel, dear. No choice--K-05]

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