Soprano Deborah Voigt keeps a picture of herself performing alongside tenor Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera — both as a treasured memory of a great triumph and as a stark reminder of her emotional troubles. They were playing twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, in Richard Wagner's "Die Walkuere," but Voigt seems nearly twice Domingo's size.
"I look back at the picture, and I'm enormous, I'm absolutely huge," she said, "and while I know and remember the joy of being in that moment, I see the illness there, too. And I was walking around with it. I wasn't at a point in my life where I was anywhere near ready to deal with it."