[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Sunday, 9 July 2006, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Opera house rehires 'fat' soprano
Deborah Voigt in 2004 [L], and in 2006
Deborah Voigt, seen on the right in April 2006, underwent surgery
Opera singer Deborah Voigt - who was dropped from a Royal Opera House production in 2004 for reportedly being overweight - has been rehired.

The American soprano was dropped from Ariadne auf Naxos at London's Covent Garden after it was felt she would not suit her costume.

She later underwent stomach surgery and lost 61kg.

Her spokesman said Voigt would play the lead in the Royal Opera House's production of Ariadne next year.

Black dress

A Royal Opera spokeswoman, speaking anonymously, said Voigt had a contract to return to the role in 2007-2008, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Voigt had been scheduled to play the lead in the Royal Opera House's summer 2004 production of Ariadne.

But the casting director had selected a black evening dress for the part and believed Voigt would not look right in it, the opera house said at the time.

She was replaced with slimmer singer Anne Schwanewilms.

Voigt's spokesman Albert Imperato said: "She's very, very excited.

"She's just definitely felt like: 'I've not had a chance to really build my career in London, it's a major opera capital'."

"It was very sad for her that she didn't get a chance to do Ariadne originally."

Mr Imperato said Voigt had undergone stomach surgery later that year, allowing her to eat only small amounts of food.

"She had decided on doing this procedure completely based on her health concerns, it was something she had thought about for many, many years, long before the little black dress," he said.

US soprano backs talent over size
15 Jul 05 |  Entertainment
'Too fat' opera star has surgery
27 Mar 05 |  Entertainment
Soprano plays down 'fat lady' row
22 Jun 04 |  Entertainment
How talent became an issue of weight
07 Apr 04 |  Entertainment
Royal Opera silences 'fat lady'
07 Mar 04 |  Entertainment

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific