People: Jul. 24, 2006

A SOPRANO REACHES HIGH C AND SIZE 12

We told you it wasn't over until she sang. After London's Royal Opera House fired soprano DEBORAH VOIGT for being too portly for her signature role, Ariadne, in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos in 2004, opera fans feared that the last refuge of the plus-size artist was gone. Two years later, Voigt has had gastric-bypass surgery and lost 135 lbs. (the equivalent, roughly, of one Mariah Carey) and the Royal Opera has rehired her for the 2007-08 season. Maybe the Royal Ballet will hire her next?

THE JOLIE WIDOW

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