Against the grain Against the grain

I wondered if there truly is a future for opera other than as an overpriced museum piece for an aging audience who likes their sets lavish, their productions non-challenging, and their singers telegenic. 

on December 07, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Apparition Apparition

There was a moment during Natalie Dessay’s performance of Schubert’s “Gretchen am Spinnrade” when the singer summoned the ghost of her former self.

on April 29, 2017 at 11:11 AM
Soreness and burning Soreness and burning

“Ms. Fleming, 58, and Ms. Dessay, 52, faced the same problem over the past decade or so.”

on April 28, 2017 at 3:04 PM
It gives her purpose, gives her voice It gives her purpose, gives her voice

Here the first video of Natalie Dessay in Sondheim’s Passion at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

on March 19, 2016 at 8:11 AM
Not pretty or safe or easy 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!)

on March 11, 2015 at 2:11 PM
Regni Dessay 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.

on December 01, 2014 at 3:19 PM
Chantons sous la pluie 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.

on September 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM
La place des étoiles La place des étoiles

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

on July 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM
Song of the lark Song of the lark

Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents Natalie Dessay in recital.

on April 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM
The butterfly effect 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.

on March 14, 2014 at 12:41 AM
Le jazz tiède 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.

on January 06, 2014 at 11:10 AM
La nuit d’une étoile 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.”

on June 03, 2013 at 11:23 AM
L’art du hipster 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.

on April 16, 2013 at 6:47 PM
Driving Miss Dessay 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.”

on April 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM
Nile, be seeing you Nile, be seeing you

Danielle de Niese will sing the role of Cleopatra in this evening’s performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, replacing Natalie Dessay, who is ill.”

on April 09, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Carry on Cleo Carry on Cleo

Natalie Dessay coyly bares a breast on the cover of Virgin Classics’ new Giulio Cesare.

on December 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM
Our retrospection will now be all to the future Our retrospection will now be all to the future

La Cieca predicts you won’t be seeing any puritans at the Met next season, except of course for the ones who slouch around during intermission hissing, “You call that a trill?”

on October 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM
Il le faut, il le faut Il le faut, il le faut

Due to health reasons, Natalie Dessay has withdrawn from the performances of Massenet’s Manon.

on May 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM
La tisi non le accorda che poche rappresentazioni La tisi non le accorda che poche rappresentazioni

Here’s something you can hardly call news, because it’s an old story everyone expected to happen anyway.

on May 02, 2012 at 1:01 PM
Demimonde Demimonde

La Cieca has just had the news confirmed that Natalie Dessay canceled after Act 1 of La Traviata earlier this evening at the Met.

on April 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Red all over Red all over

You’ve heard what it sounded like; now you can see Saturday afternoon’s HD of La traviata, thanks to YouTube.

on April 19, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Slow curtain, the end Slow curtain, the end

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for the Met’s HD audience on Saturday

on April 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Recovered girl Recovered girl

Here’s a bit of good news for all you Traviata fans with tickets for tomorrow night’s Met performance or Saturday afternoon’s HD.

on April 09, 2012 at 8:51 PM
Red dress diaries Red dress diaries

La Cieca has just received a complete report from her spy at today’s open dress rehearsal of La traviata at the Met.

on April 03, 2012 at 11:41 AM