Natalie Dessay

Biography

Born: April 19, 1965; Lyon, France  
French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay emerged on the international scene in the 1990s. A graduate of the Bordeaux Conservatoire, she took first prize in the Premier Prix de Concourse (First Prize of the Competition) in the France-Telecom Les Voix Nouvelles Competition, and then entered the Paris Opéra's training program for talented young singers, the Ecole d'Art Lyric (School of Lyric Art). There she sang Elisa in a production of Mozart's Il Read more Rè Pastore.

After winning the International Mozart Competition of the Vienna State Opera in 1991, she received invitations for concert and recital appearances, most notably an all-Mozart recital on the stage of La Scala in Milan. She also made a recital recording with EMI Classics of Mozart arias that was an extraordinary success.

Quickly engaged by major opera houses around the world, she sang Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Zaïde (the title role at the Opéra de Lyon and the Paris Opéra-Bastille), Adele (Die Fledermaus in Geneva), and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos in Lyon and at the Bastille).

In 1992, Dessay debuted as Olympia in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, and in 1993, she sang at the opening of the New Lyon Opéra. In the same year she joined the roster of the Vienna Staatsoper, with a triumphant performance as Blondchen. She sang there in acclaimed production of Tales of Hoffmann (again as Olympia) with Plácido Domingo, and as Sophie in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier opposite Anne Sophie von Otter.

Another Strauss opera was the vehicle for her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1994, where she sang Fiakermilli in Arabella. In that year, she also added to her credits the Queen of the Night (Mozart's Magic Flute) in the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and the title role of Delibes' Lakmé at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.

Dessay enlarged the scope of her repertory in 1996, singing Strauss' rarely heard Die Schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman) on her home stage in Vienna, Stravinsky's Nightingale at the Châtelet under Boulez, and Ophelia in Thomas' Hamlet at the Geneva Opera. Since then she has added Berg's Lulu, Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers, La Sonnambula, Lucia di Lammermoor, Massenet's Manon, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro to her repertory.

Her recital album, Vocalise, with Michael Schonwandt conducting the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, won a Diapason d'Or award and a Classique d'Or RTL in 1998. EMI's recording of Lakmé with Michel Plasson conducting and Dessay in the title role won the award for French Recording of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. Other releases include Offenbach's Orphée and a Mozart aria disc on Virgin. Read less
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    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Dessay, Haim, Le Concert d'Astree
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557375 Release Date: 09/09/2016  
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Alice Coote,  Ian Bostridge,  Patrizia Ciofi  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  European Voices
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    Great Arias: Amours divins! - Famous French Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109240 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Ambroise Thomas
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Paul Groves,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Michel Plasson,  William Christie
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  • 3.
    Great Arias: Amours divins! - Famous French Arias & Scenes [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109241 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Ambroise Thomas
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Paul Groves,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Michel Plasson,  William Christie
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    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    20 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556102 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  Riccardo Muti,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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  • 6.
    40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556099 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Maria Tipo,  Martha Argerich,  Anne Queffélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  William Christie,  John E. Gardiner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Emmanuelle Haïm (Conductor/Harpsichord),  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffman / Alagna, Nagano, Lyon National Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 555531 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Leontina Vaduva,  Sumi Jo,  José Van Dam,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
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    100 Best Film Classics [warner Classics]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment / Dessay, Florez, Palmer [Blu-ray]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552754 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Donald Maxwell,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Campanella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Fiancailles Pour Rire / Dessay, Cassard
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552543 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Francis Poulenc,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Cassard,  Laurent Naouri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
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  • 11.
    Legrand: Les Parapluies De Cherbourg / Dessay, Oppert, Niclo, Naouri
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 550573 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Legrand
    Performer:  Louise Leterme,  Marie Oppert,  Natalie Dessay,  Vincent Niclo  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Legrand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Île de France National Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Legrand: Les Parapluies De Cherbourg / Dessay, Oppert, Niclo, Naouri [blu-ray]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 550573 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Legrand
    Performer:  Louise Leterme,  Marie Oppert,  Natalie Dessay,  Vincent Niclo  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Legrand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Île de France National Orchestra
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    Pavarotti Plus: Live from the Royal Albert Hall
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002055209 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dolora Zajic,  Nuccia Focile,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Leone Magiera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Autograph – Jose van Dam
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619049 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Ibert,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Rosalind Plowright,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Dalton Baldwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Kent Nagano,  Michel Plasson,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Encores! - Great Performances at the Met
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250109 Release Date: 02/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Marco Armiliato,  Maurizio Benini,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Natalie Dessay: De l'opera a la chanson
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 363956 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ambroise Thomas,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Roberto Alagna,  Franck Ferrari,  Matthew Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Michel Plasson,  Evelino Pidò,  Louis Langrée  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Le Concert D'Astrée
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  • 17.
    Entre Elle & Lui - Live At The Chateau Versailles / Dessay, Legrand
    Label: Erato (Dvd)   Catalog: 4621920 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Legrand
    Performer:  Pierre Perchaud,  Francois Laizeau,  Natalie Dessay,  Pierre Boussaguet  ... 
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    Entre Elle & Lui - Live At The Chateau Versailles / Dessay, Legrand [blu-ray]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4621917 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Legrand
    Performer:  Pierre Perchaud,  Francois Laizeau,  Natalie Dessay,  Pierre Boussaguet  ... 
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  • 19.
    Rio - Paris / Natalie Dessay,  Liat Cohen, Agnes Jaoui, Helena Noguerra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 635035 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Antonio Carles Marques Pi,  Luiz Bonfá,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Helena Noguerra,  Agnes Jaoui,  Natalie Dessay,  Liat Cohen
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  • 20.
    Darius Milhaud - Une Vie Heureuse [10-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 634844 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Noel Lee,  Christian Ivaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Georges Prêtre,  Georges Tzipine,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 21.
    Road 66 / Shani Diluka, Natalie Dessay
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 237 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams,  Keith Jarrett,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Shani Diluka,  Natalie Dessay
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  • 22.
    Richard Strauss: Complete Operas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002013902 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Cäcilie Reich,  Eva Maria Rogner,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Dessay, Kim, Spyres, Deneve
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 636914 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Laurent Naouri,  Michael Spyres,  Kathleen Kim,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Stéphane Denève
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
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  • 24.
    Entre Elle Et Lui /  Natalie Dessay,   Michel Legrand
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 34148 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Legrand
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Michel Legrand,  Catherine Michel,  Pierre Boussaguet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michel Legrand Trio
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  • 25.
    Handel: Water Music - Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651683 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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