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  • dr.malatempra: Indeed, the finest Verdi baritone singing I have heard since the prime of Cornell Macneil or the young,(Goldovsky Opera... 12:52 AM
  • Rosemont: Thank you for the reports and reviews from Santa Fe! I will be there for the first time first week of August…und freue... 12:25 AM
  • Lohenfal: Sure, but as I said, they (or others) may not be available. These singers are signed up way in advance. One never knows what... 12:11 AM
  • Sanford: She is terrific but the men are pretty awful, especially the tenor. The other voice I liked was Margareta Elkins. 11:34 PM
  • Krunoslav: ‘Rousseau’s ‘Dalle stanze” (well sung) is baritonal, the bass element in his tone all but lost…’ Old... 11:29 PM
  • mjmacmtenor: Wouldn’t Fidelio be good for Stemme (now finally singing at the Met) or Goerke? 10:55 PM
  • Camille: What you have to say has been exactly my experience as well, that is, you can find really admirable and superior performances of... 10:50 PM
  • lyrebird: Howdy Sutherlanders- Brian Adams’ La Stupenda’ also devotes pages to the Lucia first night and notes ”... 10:05 PM

Not pretty or safe or easy

La Cieca hears that the Théâtre du Châtelet will continue its series of Stephen Sondheim productions with Passion, set to star Natalie Dessay (as Fosca, bien sûr!) and Lambert Wilson, with Fanny Ardant directing. Said Sternstunde will reportedly transpire in March 2016.

Regni Dessay

Almost exactly twenty years after her auspicious Metropolitan Opera debut as the Fiakermilli in Arabella and a year following what she has claims was her final appearance on the operatic stage, Natalie Dessay returned Sunday afternoon to Lincoln Center—to sing opera. Read more »

Chantons sous la pluie

Walking away from Theatre Châtelet this afternoon, I felt as though my relationship with France and its notoriously perplexing people and culture had at long last reached some degree of depth. Three weeks into my four-month stint studying at L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris for my Masters in International Affairs, I seem to have found the heart beating within this city besieged by tourists and high prices. Read more »

Concert de Paris à l'occasion du 14 Juillet

La place des étoiles

Starting in less than half an hour, “Le Concert de Paris.”

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Song of the lark

Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents Natalie Dessay in recital.

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The butterfly effect

Midway through the first portion of this past Wednesday’s New York City recital debut of Mme. Natalie Dessay I became very distracted by the persistent urge to try to characterize the experience of what was happening on stage, for this was, by no means, an ordinary recital and no ordinary debutante.

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Le jazz tiède

The crossover album: a hint that that an artist has either exhausted all the repertory at her command and owes her record label a new release or that her waning vocal resources really shouldn’t be taxed much further than an octave.

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La nuit d’une étoile

“American tenor Matthew Polenzani sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as Antonia, Christian Van Horn as the four villains, Angela Brower as Nicklausse, Hye Jung Lee as Olympia, Irene Roberts as Giulietta and Jacqueline Piccolino as Stella.”

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L’art du hipster

The reinvention of Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata, as sung by world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, is the subject of Philippe Béziat’s thrilling new movie.

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Driving Miss Dessay

Always front and center with a vote of confidence, Peter Gelb told the New York Times, “Natalie is one of the great artists, but she also is somewhat fragile.”

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