Natalie Dessay Manon La Scala
A consummate and many-faceted artist, soprano Natalie Dessay has enjoyed a long and exceptional career, constantly diversifying and renewing her repertoire – from dazzling coloratura to tragic lyric roles, from the fireworks of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment to the most heart-rending and fragile melodies françaises. Born in Lyon, she discovered her voice in Bordeaux while pursuing her dream of becoming a dancer. In 1992 she made her debut at L’Opéra Bastille singing the role of Olympia in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Since then she has appeared regularly on many of the world’s leading opera stages, among them L’Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York, Theater an der Wien & Staatsoper Vienna and La Scala Milan, winning universal international acclaim for her performances in Lakmé (Delibes), Ariane auf Naxos & Arabella (Strauss), Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach), The Nightingale (Stravinsky), Alcina (Handel), Manon (Massenet), Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy), Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) and Il Somnambula (Bellini). Natalie Dessay is a regular collaborator with Michel Legrand and together they have performed all over the world. She is also a committed recital singer, frequently performing French melodies and German Lieder with Laurent Naouri, Maciej Pikulski or Philippe Cassard. In 2015 she revealed new depths of dramatic and rhetorical insight, making her debut as a narrator in performances of Howard Barkler’s monologue Und at the Théâtre Olympia in Tours, and in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Athénée. The project was so successful that it was revived at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris in May 2016. Natalie Dessay is the only French female artist to be awarded the honorary rank of Kammersängerin by the Vienna Staatsoper.
From Paris to Vienna, Natalie Dessay has sung Mozart (Königing der Nacht, Konstanze, Concert’s Arias…), Richard Strauss (Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sophie in Rosenkavalier, Aminta in Die Schweigsamefrau), but she made her “debut” with the French repertoire: Olympia at Paris National Opera and Lakmé at the Opéra Comique.
Natalie Dessay has sung Stravinsky’s Rossignol at the Théâtre du Châtelet and in Berlin, Ophélie (Hamlet) at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva, Capitole de Toulouse, Théâtre du Châtelet, Covent Garden and Liceu of Barcelona, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Metropolitan Opera of New-York and at the Opera de Paris.
Natalie Dessay has begun to sing Bel Canto with Amina (La Sonnambula) at the Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Bordeaux, Scala of Milano and Santa Fe, Lucie de Lammermoor (the French version) at the Opéra de Lyon and Lucia (Italian version) at the Chicago Opera.
She has performed Massenet’s Manon at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva, at the Liceu, in San Francisco, in Chicago, at the Opéra de Paris and in Toulouse, Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Glasgow and at the Theater an der Wien, Juliette (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette) at the Metropolitan Opera, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in Santa Fe, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Opéra de Paris, at the Metropolitan Opera under James Levine’s baton, and in Moscow under Valeri Guerguiev’s baton, Amina (La Sonnambula) at the Opéra de Lyon, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Opéra de Paris, Marie (La Fille du Régiment) in London, Vienna, New York and Paris, Musetta (La Bohème) and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) at the Opera de Paris and at the Metropolitan Opera, La Traviata in Santa Fe, in Japan with the Teatro Regio di Torino, in Aix-en-Provence, at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Metropolitan Opera of New York and The Tales of Hoffmann at the Liceu and in San Francisco.
Now, she sings in concert with baroque ensembles and recitals, especially with the French pianist Philippe Cassard.
Natalie Dessay is awarded Kammersängerin by the Wiener Staatsoper.