A very eclectic singer, Natalie Dessay has been enjoying a great vocal interpret career for the many years. Constantly renewing her repertoire, she has gone from light soprano to more tragic registers, and from flamboyant parts in the Magic Flute or the Daughter of the Regiment to french melodies.
Born in Lyon, Natalie Dessay discovered her talent for singing in Bordeaux, although she originally wanted to be a dancer. She started by studying theatre, German and singing as a coloratura soprano. After obtaining her First Prize Diploma of Musical Studies in 1985, she joined the choir at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
In 1989, she was awarded the 2nd Prize for the competition Les Voix Nouvelles, which allowed her to study at the Paris Opera. In 1992, she performed for the first time on stage as Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach at the Opéra Bastille. She interpreted the same vocal part for Louis Erlo, as well as in other productions until 2001.
However, she expended her repertoire by performing in Lakmé by Delibes, Ariadne on Naxos, The Silent Woman and Arabella by Richard Strauss, Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas, Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach, The Nightingale by Stravinsky, Alcina by Handel, Massenet's Manon, Pelléas and Mélisande by Debussy, Lucia di Lammermoor and La sonnambula (The Sleepwalker).
In the spring of 2012, she embarked on a recital tour of Debussy’s melodies with pianist Philippe Cassard, presenting four unpublished songs of the composer.
Dessay has performed on the most prestigious stages to great acclaim: the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra de Paris, the Theater an der Wien and the Vienna State Opera, the Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London, in Geneva, Chicago, and many more.
Six landmark dates in the life of Natalie Dessay
2013: Creation of the album Entre elle et lui, Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrand
2012: DVD Release of Giulio Cesare by Handel in Opéra de Paris conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and of Le Concert d'Astrée, staged by Laurent Pelly
2011: Appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur
2011: Participated in the Aix en Provence Festival for a new production of La Traviata.
2008: Received the Laurence Olivier Award by the Society of London Theatre, for her remarkable performance in The Daughter of the Regiment in Covent Garden, London
1994: Signed her first exclusivity contract with EMI Classics