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Natalie Dessay: The Opera Singer (CD + DVD)

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029516313

Format: CD + DVD

Number of Discs: 52

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 26th February 2021

Contents

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

I Capuleti e i Montecchi
» Eccomi ...O quante volte, o quante
I Puritani
» O rendetemi la speme ...Qui la voce sua soave ...Vien, diletto
La Sonnambula

Bernstein, Leonard

Candide
» Glitter and be gay

Boieldieu, Francois Adrien

La Fete du village voisin
» Profitez de la vie (Bolero)

Bondeville, Emmanuel

L'Ecole des Maris
» O ciel, pardonne encore... De tout temps la gent masculine

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Le Roi malgre lui
» Chanson tzigane

Debussy, Claude

Pelleas et Melisande

Delibes, Leo

Lakme

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Fille du regiment
Lucia di Lammermoor
Maria Stuarda
» Allenta il pie, Regina
» Nella pace del mesto riposo
» O nube! che lieve per l'aria ti aggiri

Gounod, Charles

Mireille
» O legere hirondelle
Romeo et Juliette
» Ah, je veux vivre dans ce reve (Act 1)

Handel, George Frideric

Alcina, HWV34
Giulio Cesare, HWV17

Massenet, Jules

Manon

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Le Pardon de Ploermel
» Ombre legere (Act 2)

Milhaud, Darius

Medee, op.191
» Chers Corinthiens

Monteverdi, Claudio

L'Orfeo

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Ascanio in Alba, K111
» Dal tuo gentil sembiante
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384
» Martern aller Arten
» Welcher Wechsel herrscht ...Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose
Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
Idomeneo, Re di Creta, K366
» Solitudini amiche ...Zeffiretti lusinghieri (Act 3)
Lucio Silla, K135
Mitridate, re di Ponto, K87
» Ah se il crudel periglio
» Vanne, t’affreta...
Zaide, K344
» Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Act 1)
» Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen!

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers)
Robinson Crusoe
» Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore

Poulenc, Francis

Les Mamelles de Tiresias
» Non, Monsieur mon mari

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Les Indes galantes
» Danse du Calumet de la Paix et duo Forets paisibles

Ravel, Maurice

L'Enfant et les sortileges
» Arriere! Je rechauffe les bons

Rossini, Gioacchino

Le Comte Ory
» En proie a la tristesse

Sauguet, Henri

Les Caprices de Marianne
» O, amour, mysterieux amour

Strauss II, Johann

Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), op.410

Strauss, Richard

Arabella, op.79
Ariadne auf Naxos, op.60
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Marie Theres! ...Es ist ein Traum
» Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren
Lieder (6), op.68
» no.2 Ich wollt ein Strausslein binden
» no.3 Saus'le, liebe Myrthe
» no.4 Als mir dein Lied erklang
» no.5 Amor

Stravinsky, Igor

Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)

Thomas, Ambroise

Hamlet
Mignon
» Oui! pour ce soir ...Je suis Titania

Verdi, Giuseppe

I vespri siciliani
» Merce, dilette amiche
La Traviata
Rigoletto
» Gualtier Malde ...Caro nome (Act 1)

Wagner, Richard

Siegfried
» Nun sing, ich lausche dem Gesang (Siegfried & Woodbird)

Artists

Natalie Dessay (soprano)
Roberto Alagna
Cecilia Bartoli
Ian Bostridge
Charles Castronovo
Patrizia Ciofi
Jose van Dam
Stephane Degout
Placido Domingo
Renee Fleming
Juan Diego Florez
Veronique Gens
Susan Graham
Ben Heppner
Sumi Jo
Simon Keenlyside
Angelika Kirchschlager
Sophie Koch
Gregory Kunde
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Felicity Lott
Francesco Meli
Laurent Naouri
Anne Sofie von Otter
Patricia Petibon
Sandrine Piau
Samuel Ramey
Michael Spyres
Kiri Te Kanawa
Ludovic Tezier
Violeta Urmana
Rolando Villazon
Deborah Voigt

Conductors

William Christie
James Conlon
Andrew Davis
Stephane Denève
Christoph von Dohnanyi
Emmanuelle Haim
James Levine
Marc Minkowski
Kent Nagano
Antonio Pappano
Michel Plasson
Christophe Rousset
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Christian Thielemann

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

I Capuleti e i Montecchi
» Eccomi ...O quante volte, o quante
I Puritani
» O rendetemi la speme ...Qui la voce sua soave ...Vien, diletto
La Sonnambula

Bernstein, Leonard

Candide
» Glitter and be gay

Boieldieu, Francois Adrien

La Fete du village voisin
» Profitez de la vie (Bolero)

Bondeville, Emmanuel

L'Ecole des Maris
» O ciel, pardonne encore... De tout temps la gent masculine

Chabrier, Alexis Emmanuel

Le Roi malgre lui
» Chanson tzigane

Debussy, Claude

Pelleas et Melisande

Delibes, Leo

Lakme

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Fille du regiment
Lucia di Lammermoor
Maria Stuarda
» Allenta il pie, Regina
» Nella pace del mesto riposo
» O nube! che lieve per l'aria ti aggiri

Gounod, Charles

Mireille
» O legere hirondelle
Romeo et Juliette
» Ah, je veux vivre dans ce reve (Act 1)

Handel, George Frideric

Alcina, HWV34
Giulio Cesare, HWV17

Massenet, Jules

Manon

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Le Pardon de Ploermel
» Ombre legere (Act 2)

Milhaud, Darius

Medee, op.191
» Chers Corinthiens

Monteverdi, Claudio

L'Orfeo

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Ascanio in Alba, K111
» Dal tuo gentil sembiante
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384
» Martern aller Arten
» Welcher Wechsel herrscht ...Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose
Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
Idomeneo, Re di Creta, K366
» Solitudini amiche ...Zeffiretti lusinghieri (Act 3)
Lucio Silla, K135
Mitridate, re di Ponto, K87
» Ah se il crudel periglio
» Vanne, t’affreta...
Zaide, K344
» Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Act 1)
» Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen!

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers)
Robinson Crusoe
» Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore

Poulenc, Francis

Les Mamelles de Tiresias
» Non, Monsieur mon mari

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Les Indes galantes
» Danse du Calumet de la Paix et duo Forets paisibles

Ravel, Maurice

L'Enfant et les sortileges
» Arriere! Je rechauffe les bons

Rossini, Gioacchino

Le Comte Ory
» En proie a la tristesse

Sauguet, Henri

Les Caprices de Marianne
» O, amour, mysterieux amour

Strauss II, Johann

Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), op.410

Strauss, Richard

Arabella, op.79
Ariadne auf Naxos, op.60
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Marie Theres! ...Es ist ein Traum
» Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren
Lieder (6), op.68
» no.2 Ich wollt ein Strausslein binden
» no.3 Saus'le, liebe Myrthe
» no.4 Als mir dein Lied erklang
» no.5 Amor

Stravinsky, Igor

Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)

Thomas, Ambroise

Hamlet
Mignon
» Oui! pour ce soir ...Je suis Titania

Verdi, Giuseppe

I vespri siciliani
» Merce, dilette amiche
La Traviata
Rigoletto
» Gualtier Malde ...Caro nome (Act 1)

Wagner, Richard

Siegfried
» Nun sing, ich lausche dem Gesang (Siegfried & Woodbird)

Artists

Natalie Dessay (soprano)
Roberto Alagna
Cecilia Bartoli
Ian Bostridge
Charles Castronovo
Patrizia Ciofi
Jose van Dam
Stephane Degout
Placido Domingo
Renee Fleming
Juan Diego Florez
Veronique Gens
Susan Graham
Ben Heppner
Sumi Jo
Simon Keenlyside
Angelika Kirchschlager
Sophie Koch
Gregory Kunde
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Felicity Lott
Francesco Meli
Laurent Naouri
Anne Sofie von Otter
Patricia Petibon
Sandrine Piau
Samuel Ramey
Michael Spyres
Kiri Te Kanawa
Ludovic Tezier
Violeta Urmana
Rolando Villazon
Deborah Voigt

Conductors

William Christie
James Conlon
Andrew Davis
Stephane Denève
Christoph von Dohnanyi
Emmanuelle Haim
James Levine
Marc Minkowski
Kent Nagano
Antonio Pappano
Michel Plasson
Christophe Rousset
Giuseppe Sinopoli
Christian Thielemann

About

Natalie Dessay is a dazzling opera singer. She is also an actress of intensity and magnetism, whether in tragedy or comedy. Her charisma, captured on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and in the recording studio, illuminates the complete operas and recitals of arias and scenes in this collection. From Mozart’s furious Queen of the Night to Debussy’s enigmatic Mélisande … Offenbach’s robotic Olympia to Strauss’s flirtatious Zerbinetta and Delibes’ devoted Lakmé … Handel’s mercurial Cleopatra to Donizetti’s boisterous Marie and desperate Lucia… Thomas’s fragile Ophélie to Massenet’s capricious Manon and Verdi’s passionate, tragic Violetta … Natalie Dessay proves irresistible in repertoire that spans four centuries and a wealth of musical and dramatic possibilities.

Born in Lyon in 1965, Natalie Dessay grew up in Bordeaux. Her first ambitions were to become a dancer, but she went on to study acting and singing at the Bordeaux Conservatoire. She completed her studies in just one year, graduating with First Prize at the age of 20. In 1989, after a brief period in the chorus of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, she won second prize in France’s first Concours des Voix Nouvelles. This led to further studies at the Paris Opéra and to her first major engagements as a soloist.

In 1992 she sang Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Paris’s Opéra Bastille in a staging by Roman Polanski. In 1993 she was Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Vienna State Opera and Olympia for the reopening of the Opéra de Lyon. By 2001 she had performed Olympia in eight different stagings of Hoffmann, including her debut at La Scala, Milan. The 1990s also brought: the Queen of the Night at Aix-en-Provence; Ophélie (Thomas: Hamlet) in Geneva (also at London’s Royal Opera House and at Barcelona’s Liceo, filmed for DVD); Aminta (Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau) in Vienna; Fiakermilli (Strauss: Arabella) for her debut at the New York Metropolitan, which was soon followed by Olympia and Zerbinetta; Lakmé (Delibes) at Paris’s Opéra Comique (she also recorded the role with Michel Plasson); Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers in Lyon (also recorded) and, in Paris, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (recorded for Erato) and the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (recorded for audio, used as a film soundtrack). Conductors over this period included Pierre Boulez, James Levine, James Conlon, William Christie and Marc Minkowski.

Her career entered a new phase in 2001 with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which she subsequently sang in 2004 in Chicago, in 2006 at the Bastille, Paris and for the opening of the New York Metropolitan’s 2007-8 season. She also recorded the French version of the opera. She triumphed in more Donizetti, La Fille du régiment, in 2007 in a witty staging by Laurent Pelly (one of Dessay’s favourite directors) in London, Vienna and New York. The British performances led to a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for Dessay, and to a DVD release which became an international bestseller.

In 2008, after revivals of Lucia and of La Fille du regiment at the Metropolitan, she starred as Massenet’s Manon (a role she first sang in Geneva in 2004) at Chicago Lyric Opera. This was in David McVicar’s production, also staged in Barcelona, where it was recorded for DVD with Rolando Villazón as Des Grieux.

January 2009 brought Natalie Dessay’s first assumption of Debussy’s Mélisande at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, again directed by Laurent Pelly (recorded for DVD). More firsts followed in 2009 with Violetta in Santa Fe and Musetta (Puccini: La bohème) at the Opéra de Paris. In 2010, Paris mounted a new production of La sonnambula for Dessay, an opera she had sung in 2004 in Santa Fe and which she recorded live at concert performances in Lyon in 2006. In 2009-10 Dessay again sang Amina, this time in new productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris and Vienna. 2011 brought her first Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, at the Opéra de Paris, staged by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, and a new production of La Traviata at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Dessay chose to give her final operatic performances in 2013, as Manon in Toulouse, but has continued to perform both classical and popular song. Notably, she collaborated with the late Michel Legrand in concerts and in a semi-staging of Les parapluies de Cherbourg in Paris in 2014 (recorded for DVD by Erato).

Natalie Dessay’s relationship with Warner Classics dates back to 1994 and she has recorded the song and oratorio repertoire in addition to opera. Her CD/DVD compilations Le Miracle d’une voix, released in 2006, have proved an enormous success, selling over 250,000 copies.


Natalie Dessay: The Opera Singer comprises 33 CDs and 19 DVDs, demonstrating Dessay’s achievement as a singing actress both in purely vocal terms and as a bête de scene (‘stage animal’). This box represents the complete collection of opera recordings she did in audio and video.

CDs:

12 complete operas, ranging from the Baroque era to the 20th century:
- Bellini: La sonnambula
- Delibes: Lakmé
- Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor and Lucie de  Lammermoor (French version of the opera, prepared by the composer for Paris)
- Handel: Alcina
- Monteverdi: Orfeo
- Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, Mitridate, re di Ponto
- Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Orphée aux enfers
- Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
- Stravinsky: Le Rossignol

Seven recital discs covering Handel, Mozart, Strauss and a variety of French and Italian repertoire.

DVDs:

12 complete operas, again ranging from the Baroque era to the 20th century, recorded at some of the world’s major opera houses and festivals:
- Bellini: La sonnambula
- Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
- Donizetti: La Fille du régiment
- Handel: Giulio Cesare
- Massenet: Manon
- Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Orphée aux enfers
- Strauss: Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos
- Stravinsky: Le Rossignol
- Thomas: Hamlet
- Verdi: La traviata

‘Greatest Moments on Stage’: a DVD of scenes, all featuring Dessay at her most virtuosic, recorded live at some of the world’s major opera houses and festivals, from works by Bernstein, Donizetti, Mozart, Offenbach, Ravel, Johann Strauss, Richard Strauss and Thomas. The video also includes commentary from Dessay herself.

DVD Bonus: Lucia di Lammermoor’s Mad Scene filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in 2007

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