Divas Who Dish

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While working on her autobiography "Call Me Debbie," host Debbie Voigt was curious about how other singers dealt with telling their stories. How much did they reveal? What did they hide? Did they focus on their lives onstage or off? This week, Voigt shares some of those stories, the gossip and what’s it really like to be a leading lady.

The Dishing divas include, Régine Crespin, Eileen Farrell, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig, Birgit Nilsson, Jessye Norman, Beverly Sills, Astrid Varnay and Shirley Verrett.

Program playlist:

Rusalka “Song to the Moon”
Antonin Dvořák
Renée Fleming, soprano
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

Norma  “Sgombra è la sacra selva”
Vincenzo Bellini
Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano
The London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor
Decca 475 7902

Die Walküre “Du bis der Lenz”
Richard Wagner
Astrid Varnay, soprano
Columbia Symphony

Il trovatore “D’amor sull’ali rosee”
Giuseppe Verdi
Eileen Farrell, soprano
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Max Rudolf, conductor
Sony Classical MHK 62358

“He was Too Good to Me&rdquo
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Eileen Farrell, soprano
Luther Henderson, conductor
Sony Masterworks MDK 47255

Ariadne auf Naxos:  “Composer’s Aria”
Christa Ludwig, mezzo soprano
Vienna Philharmonic
Karl Böhm, conductor
Orfeo 365941

Un ballo in maschera “Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa””
Giuseppe Verdi
Birgit Nilsson, soprano
Orchestra of L’Accedemia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
George Solti, conductor
Decca 475 8278

Un ballo in maschera “Re dell’abisso affrettati”
Giuseppe Verdi
Shirley Verrett, mezzo soprano
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Tannhäuser “Allmächt’ge Jungfrau” (“Elisabeth’s Prayer”)
Richard Wagner
Jessye Norman, soprano

The Ballad of Baby Doe “Horace” and “Always through the changing”
Douglas Moore
Beverly Sills, soprano
Walter Cassel, baritone
New York City Opera Orchestra
Emerson Buckley, conductor
DG 289 465 148-2

Grande Duchesse of Gerolstein “J’aime les militaries”
Jacques Offenbach
Régine Crespin, soprano
Vienna Opera Orchestra
Alain Lombard, conductor
London 4404162

Diva autobiographies

"Call Me Debbie"
By Deborah Voigt with Natasha Stoynoff
To be published January 2015

"On Stage, Off Stage: A Memoir"
By Régine Crespin
Translated by B.S. Bourdain
Northeastern University Press

"Can’t Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell"
By Eileen Farrell and Brian Kellow
Northeastern University Press

"The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer"
By Renée Fleming

"Marilyn Horne: My Life"
By Marilyn Horne with Jane Scovell

"Marilyn Horne: The Song Continues"
By Marilyn Horne with Jane Scovell
Baskerville Publishers

"In My Own Voice: Memoirs"
By Christa Ludwig
Translated by Regina Domeraski
Limelight Editions

"La Nilsson: My Life in Opera"
By Birgit Nilsson
Translated by Doris Jung Popper
Northeastern University Press

"Stand Up Straight and Sing!"
By Jessye Norman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"Bubbles: A Self Portrait"
By Beverly Sills
Warner Books

"Beverly: An Autobiography"
By Beverly Sills and Lawrence Linderman
Bantam Books

"55 Years in Five Acts: My Life in Opera"
By Astrid Varnay with Donald Arthur
Northeastern University Press

"I Never Walked Alone: The Autobiography of an American Singer"
By Shirley Verrett with Christopher Brooks
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.