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Concert Vocal evening. Nathalie Dessay (soprano)
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Schedule for Vocal evening. Nathalie Dessay (soprano) 2020

Soprano: Nathalie Dessay

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

French soprano Natalie Dessay is one the stars of today’s operatic world, thrilling audiences as both a singer and an actress.
Now an admired interpreter of bel canto and lyric heroines such as Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie (La Fille du regiment), Amina (La sonnambula), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Manon, Juliette and Ophelie (Hamlet), Dessay originally made her reputation with showpiece coloratura roles such as Offenbach’s Olympia, Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Strauss’ Zerbinetta,

Born in Lyons, Natalie Dessay grew up in Bordeaux. She first dreamed of becoming a dancer, but later studied acting and singing at the Bordeaux Conservatoire. She progressed with extraordinary rapidity, completing five years’ worth of study in just one year and graduating with First Prize at the age of twenty. In 1989, after a brief period in the chorus of the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, she entered France’s first Concours des Voix nouvelles and won second prize. This led Dessay to further studies at the Paris Opйra and also brought her to the attention of the agent Therese Cedelle – still her agent today – and to her first major engagements as a soloist.
In 1992 she sang her first Olympia in Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann at Paris’s Opйra Bastille in a staging by Roman Polanski. The next year she was invited to the Vienna Staatsoper to sing Blondchen (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail). In 1993 she was Olympia in the opening production for the rebuilt Opera de Lyon and by 2001 she had performed the role in eight different stagings, including her debut appearance at La Scala. The 1990s also brought the Queen of the Night at Aix-en-Provence, Ophelie (Hamlet) in Geneva (she also sang the role at London’s Royal Opera House and at Barceona’s Liceo in 2003, where the production was filmed for a Virgin Classics DVD), Aminta (Die schweigsame Frau) in Vienna, Fiakermilli (Arabella) for her debut at the New York Met – followed by Olympia and Zerbinetta, Lakmй at the Opйra Comique – a role she recorded for EMI Classics with Michel Plasson, Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orphee aux Enfers in Lyon (recorded for EMI Classics), and, in Paris, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina and the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (also to be seen on a Virgin Classics DVD). Conductors for these appearances included Pierre Boulez, James Levine, James Conlon, William Christie and Marc Minkowski.
In 2001 the soprano’s career entered a new phase when she realised a long-held ambition to perform Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she subsequently sang in 2004 in Chicago, in 2006 at the Bastille in a powerful staging by Andrei Serban, and in a new production for the opening of the New York Metropolitan’s 2007-8 season on 24th September 2007, which was broadcast on a giant screens at Lincoln Centre and Times Square. She also recorded the French version of the opera for Virgin Classics. More Donizetti, La Fille du regiment, provided a triumph for her in 2007 in Laurent Pelly’s witty staging in London, Vienna and New York.The British performances led to a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for Dessay, and to a Virgin Classics DVD which has proved an international bestseller.
 In 2008 she returned to the Metropolitan for revivals of Lucia and La Fille du regiment, which was broadcast live in high definition to hundreds of cinemas around the world. In the autumn of the same year she triumphed as Manon (a role she first sang in Geneva in 2004) at Chicago Lyric Opera opposite the Des Grieux of Jonas Kaufmann; this was in David McVicar’s production of Massenet’s opera, which was recorded for a Virgin Classics DVD in Barcelona with Rolando Villazуn as Des Grieux.
January 2009 brought Natalie Dessay’s first Mйlisande at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, directed by Laurent Pelly (a DVD of this Pelleas et Melisande will be released in November 2009). More firsts follow in 2009 with Violetta in the summer in Santa Fe and Musetta at the Opйra de Paris in the autumn. Paris will also mount a new production of La Sonnambula for her in 2010. Her first appearances in La Sonnambula came in 2004 in Lausanne, Bordeaux, La Scala and Vienna (with Juan Diego Flуrez) and her interpretation of Amina was recorded during concert performances in Lyon in November 2006 and released by Virgin Classics in autumn 2007.
Dessay signed her first exclusive contract with EMI Classics/Virgin Classics in 1994 and, in addition to the recordings already mentioned, her catalogue includes discs of Mozart (a collection of arias and his Mass in C minor), songs and arias by Strauss, works by Handel and Monteverdi, Bach cantatas conducted by Emmanuelle Haim and collections of Italian arias, French arias and Vocalises. Her 2 CD and DVD compilations Le Miracle d’une voix, released in 2006,  have proved an enormous success, selling over 250,000 copies, each documenting her prowess as a singer and as an actress.

Schedule for Vocal evening. Nathalie Dessay (soprano) 2020

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