Deborah Voigt: Covent Garden paid for my gastric bypassmain
First leaks from the soprano’s memoirs, out in the US in a fortnight, focus on her weight issues.
After being fired by the Royal Opera House in 2004 for failing to fit into its little black dress, she used the severance pay to fund stomach surgery that brought her down to size.
More trenchantly, she complains that fatness in opera is a feminist issue. ‘Why is it okay for the male opera stars to be big and not the women?’ she demands.