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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  • 1.
    Entre Elle & Lui - Live At The Chateau Versailles / Dessay, Legrand
    Label: Erato   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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    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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    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:  Natalie Dessay,  Helena Noguerra,  Agnes Jaoui,  Liat Cohen
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    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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    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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    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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    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,  Patricia Petibon,  Catherine Michel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michel Legrand Trio
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    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 Eliot Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Voices of French Opera [5-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 280462 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Christoph W. Gluck,  André Modeste Grétry  ... 
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Miguel Villabella,  Solange Petit-Renaux,  Patricia Petibon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Maurice Cauchie,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Les Folies Françoises,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    50 Best Verdi
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 338302 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido [Tenor Vocals] Domingo,  Rolando Villazón,  Renato Bruson,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Marcello Viotti,  Giuseppe Patané,  Julius Rudel  ... 
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    Essential Opera Divas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234522 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Véronique Gens,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Fabio Biondi,  Christophe Rousset,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Haim, Dessay, Zazzo, Lefevre, Visse, Leonard, Abrahamya
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 236669 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Varduhi Abrahamyan,  Dominique Visse,  Natalie Dessay,  Lawrence Zazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée
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    The Voice / Philippe Jaroussky
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2704 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Nicolo Porpora,  Leonardo Leo  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  David Daniels,  Ian Bostridge,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Fabio Biondi,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Artaserse Ensemble,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit - Swinging Paris / Alexandre Tharaud
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 602552 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clement Doucet,  George Gershwin,  Jerome Kern,  Walter Donaldson  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Frank Braley,  Madeleine Peyroux,  Juliette  ... 
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    Michel Plasson & L'Opera Francais [38-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 36363 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 38
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Jules Massenet,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Nadine Denize,  Gary Lakes,  José Van Dam,  Hildegard Behrens  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Toulouse Capitole Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
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    Russian Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2572 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Natalie Dessay,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  André Cluytens,  Armin Jordan,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
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    Voices Of German Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40497 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Edda Moser,  Kurt Moll,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Berislav Klobucar,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Voices Of Italian Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40509 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Edita Gruberova,  Margherita Carosio,  Francesco Meli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Evelino Pidò  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Debussy: Clair De Lune / Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard [digipack]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 7307682 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Cassard,  Catherine Michel,  Karine Deshayes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jeune Choeur de Paris
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  • 22.
    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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  • 23.
    Opera 2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 70954 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Joyce DiDonato,  Rolando Villazón,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Dan Ettinger,  Kazushi Ono,  Marcello Viotti,  Evelino Pidò  ... 
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  • 24.
    Verdi: La Traviata / Langree, Dessay, Castronovo, Tézier
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 30798 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ludovic Tézier,  Charles Castronovo,  Natalie Dessay
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    Debussy: Clair De Lune / Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 7307692 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Cassard,  Catherine Michel,  Karine Deshayes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jeune Choeur de Paris
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