Natalie Dessay sopran från Frankrike

Natalie Dessay sopran från Frankrike

Natalie Dessay, ursprungligen Nathalie Dessaix, född den 19 april 1965 i Lyon, är en fransk koloratursopran. Dessay var först skådespelerska men uppmuntrades att studera sång, bland annat vid Conservatoire National de région de Bordeaux. Hon vann tävlingen Les Voix Nouvelles som anordnades av France Telecom och studerade därefter vid Parisoperans École d’Art Lyrique.

Natalie Dessay sopran från Frankrike

Hon har bland annat spelat Olympia i Offenbachs Hoffmanns äventyr, Blondchen i Mozarts Enleveringen ur Seraljen, Nattens drottning i Trollflöjten och Zerbinetta i Strauss Ariadne på Naxos.

Under senare delen av 1990-talet väckte hon stor uppmärksamhet med sitt omfattande register. På skiva finns inspelningar där hon går ända upp till trestrukna ass, alltså en liten sext ovanför höga c och en liten ters ovanför Nattens drottnings högsta ton. År 2001-2002 fick hon svåra röstproblem och efter en stämbandsoperation återvände hon till scenen 2003. Hon har även gjort tyngre roller som Jules Massenets Manon, Charles Gounod Julia i Romeo och Julia, Donizettis Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) och sin första Violetta i Verdis La traviata, alla med en lägre tessitura än den som Dessay sjöng i under 1990-talet.

In English

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 Violetta (La traviata), Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie (La Fille du régiment), Amina (La sonnambula), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Manon, Juliette, Ophélie (Hamlet) and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Dessay originally made her reputation with showpiece coloratura roles such as Offenbach’s Olympia, Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Strauss’ Zerbinetta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 in 1965, 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 Théâtre 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 Opéra and also brought her to the attention of the agent Thérèse Cédelle – 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 Opéra Bastille in a staging by Roman Polanski. The next year she was invited to the Vienna Staatsoper to sing Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail).

In 1993 she was Olympia in the opening production for the rebuilt Opéra de Lyon and by 2001 she had performed the role in eight different stagings of Hoffmann, including her debut appearance at La Scala.

The 1990s also brought the Queen of the Night at Aix-en-Provence,

Ophélie (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, which was soon followed by Olympia and Zerbinetta,

Lakmé at Paris’ Opéra Comique (she recorded the role for EMI Classics with Michel Plasson),

Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers in Lyon (also recorded for EMI Classics),

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 régiment, 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 Natalie Dessay returned to the Metropolitan for revivals of Lucia and of La Fille du régiment, 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 Jonas Kaufmann as Des Grieux; this was in David McVicar’s production of Massenet’s opera, also staged in Barcelona, where it was recorded for a Virgin Classics DVD with Rolando Villazón as Des Grieux.

January 2009 brought Natalie Dessay’s first Mélisande at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, directed by Laurent Pelly (a DVD of this Pelléas et Mélisande was released in November 2009). More firsts followed in 2009 with Violetta in the summer in Santa Fe and Musetta at the Opéra de Paris in the autumn.

In 2010, Paris mounted a new production of La Sonnambula for Dessay, six years after her first appearances as Bellini’s heroine in Santa Fe; her interpretation of Amina was recorded during concert performances in Lyon in November 2006 and released by Virgin Classics in autumn 2007.  In 2009 Dessay assumed the role of Amina again, this time in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera. Another new production of La sonnambula, seen in both Paris and Vienna, followed in 2010.

2011 brought her first Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, again at the Opéra de Paris, in a staging conducted by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Dessay’s frequent colleague Emmanuelle Haim.  In summer 2011, the  Aix-en-Provence Festival brings Dessay in a new production of La traviata.

Natalie 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 Monteverdi Bach and Handel (including a disc of arias from Giulio Cesare), all conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, 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 and showcasing her range of achievement as an artist.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:318160
Arabella {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/1994
Debuts: Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Charles Workman, Natalie Dessay, David Frye
[Met Performance] CID:318200
Arabella {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318240
Arabella {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/21/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318280
Arabella {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318320
Arabella {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/29/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318370
Arabella {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/3/1994
Telecast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:330006
Ariadne auf Naxos {64}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/24/1997
Debuts: Gregory Turay, Thomas Studebaker, Sandra Moon
[Met Performance] CID:330015
Ariadne auf Naxos {65}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/27/1997
[Met Performance] CID:330030
Ariadne auf Naxos {66}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/2/1997
[Met Performance] CID:330042
Ariadne auf Naxos {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/6/1997
Review
[Met Performance] CID:330054
Ariadne auf Naxos {68}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/10/1997
[Met Performance] CID:330063
Ariadne auf Naxos {69}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/1997
[Met Performance] CID:330075
Ariadne auf Naxos {70}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/1997
[Met Performance] CID:330390
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {216}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1998
[Met Performance] CID:330405
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {217}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/4/1998
Review
[Met Performance] CID:330414  Opera News
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {218}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1998
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:330426
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {219}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/11/1998
[Met Performance] CID:330438
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {220}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1998
[Met Performance] CID:350628 
Ariadne auf Naxos {74}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/2003
Debut: John Nuzzo
[Met Performance] CID:350644
Ariadne auf Naxos {75}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350625 
Ariadne auf Naxos {76}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/03/2003
Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:350665
Ariadne auf Naxos {77}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/09/2003
Debut: Christine Brewer
[Met Performance] CID:350669
Ariadne auf Naxos {78}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/2003
[Met Performance] CID:351350  
New Production
Roméo et Juliette {301}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/14/2005
Debuts: Guy Joosten, Johannes Leiacker, Jorge Jara, David Cunningham, Seán Curran, Stéphane Degout, David Won
Review
[Met Performance] CID:351353 
Roméo et Juliette {302}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/17/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351357
Roméo et Juliette {303}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/21/2005
Review
[Met Performance] CID:351360
Roméo et Juliette {304}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351364
Roméo et Juliette {305}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/28/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351367
Roméo et Juliette {306}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/01/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351438
Roméo et Juliette {307}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351443
Roméo et Juliette {308}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351446
Roméo et Juliette {309}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/01/2006
[Met Performance] CID:351449 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Roméo et Juliette {310}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/04/2006
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:351533  
Gala Celebration in honor of Joseph Volpe
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/20/2006
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:352057
A Tribute to Beverly Sills 1929-2007
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/16/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352065 
New Production
Lucia di Lammermoor {558}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/24/2007
Opening Night {123}
Peter Gelb, General Manager
Debut: Stephen Costello, Mary Zimmerman, Daniel Ostling, Mara Blumenfeld, T. J. Gerckens, Daniel Pelzig
Broadcast/Streamed/Times Squarecast/Plazacast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352069
Lucia di Lammermoor {559}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/27/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352075
Lucia di Lammermoor {560}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/01/2007
[Met Performance] CID:352086
Lucia di Lammermoor {561}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/05/2007
Debut: Stephen Gaertner
[Met Performance] CID:352096
Lucia di Lammermoor {562}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/09/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352106
Lucia di Lammermoor {563}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352401
Lucia di Lammermoor {567}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/05/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352406
Lucia di Lammermoor {568}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/08/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352418
Lucia di Lammermoor {569}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352500 
New Production
La Fille du Régiment {89}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/21/2008
Debuts: Laurent Pelly, Chantal Thomas, Joël Adam, Laura Scozzi, Agathe Mélinand, Donald Maxwell, Marian Seldes, Jack Wetherall
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352509 
La Fille du Régiment {90}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/26/2008
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352512
La Fille du Régiment {91}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/29/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352523
La Fille du Régiment {92}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/02/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352527
La Fille du Régiment {93}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/05/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352536
La Fille du Régiment {94}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/08/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352544
La Fille du Régiment {95}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/12/2008
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352551
La Fille du Régiment {96}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/16/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352590 
Lucia di Lammermoor {570}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/03/2008
Debut: Vladimir Stoyanov
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352908 
New Production
La Sonnambula {66}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/02/2009
Debut: Jeremy Galyon
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352918
La Sonnambula {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/06/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352928
La Sonnambula {68}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352939
La Sonnambula {69}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/2009
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:352934 
The 125th Anniversary Gala
Celebration of Plácido Domingo’s 40 Years at the Met

Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/2009
Broadcast / Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352949
La Sonnambula {70}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352956 
La Sonnambula {71}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/2009
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352962
La Sonnambula {72}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352969
La Sonnambula {73}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352983
La Sonnambula {74}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/03/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353424 
New Production
Hamlet {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/2010
Debuts: Patrice Caurier, Moshe Leiser, Christian Fenouillat, Agostino Cavalca, Christophe Forey, Toby Spence, Maxim Mikhailov, Peter Richards, Joshua Wynter, Christian Rozakis
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:353835 
Lucia di Lammermoor {581}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353843
Lucia di Lammermoor {582}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353852
Lucia di Lammermoor {583}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/04/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353861
Lucia di Lammermoor {584}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/08/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353871
Lucia di Lammermoor {585}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353881
Lucia di Lammermoor {586}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353886 
Lucia di Lammermoor {587}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/2011
HD Simulcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:354000
The MET Orchestra
Carnegie Hall, New York; 05/15/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354467 
La Traviata {971}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/2012
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354472 
La Traviata {972}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/14/2012
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:354482
La Traviata {973}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/18/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354487
La Traviata {974}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/21/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354496
La Traviata {975}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/25/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354502
La Traviata {976}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/28/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354946 
New Production
Giulio Cesare {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/04/2013
Debuts: Guido Loconsolo, Rachid Ben Abdeslam, Christina Luzwick, Karla Dionne Victum, Justin Flores, Kei Tsuruharatani, Sean Chin, Matthew Cusick, Tony Guerrero, Arthur Lazalde, Shad Ramsey, Collin Ware, Philip Willingham, Christian Zaremba
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354958
Giulio Cesare {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/2013
Debut: Zephyrus White
[Met Performance] CID:354971
Giulio Cesare {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354975
Giulio Cesare {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/2013
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354987 
Giulio Cesare {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/27/2013
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:354993
Giulio Cesare {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/30/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354998
Giulio Cesare {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/03/2013
[Met Performance] CID:355002
Giulio Cesare {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/07/2013
[Met Performance] CID:355010
Giulio Cesare {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/2013

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