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Performer: Natalie Dessay

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New York CityLa traviata (14th April 2012)

Verdi: La traviata
Fabio Luisi; Willy Decker; Metropolitan Opera; Natalie Dessay; Matthew Polenzani; Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Maria Zifchak
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Effect over Substance in Natalie Dessay's Montreal art song recital

Natalie Dessay’s recital at the Maison Symphonique last night should have been an art song lover’s dream come true. Instead the audience was treated to a bizarre spectacle of over-expression and under-singing.
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The Met in HD, La Traviata, 2012

Read our review of Willy Decker's production of Verdi's La Traviata in its 2012 broadcast from the Met Opera in New York.

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Read our review of David McVicar's production of Handel's Giulio Cesare in its 2013 broadcast from the Met Opera in New York.

The Met: Giulio Cesare

David McVicar’s Giulio Cesare is still riotous at the Met, the production having transferred from Glyndebourne. This is a delicious, smart production, then, with interest for the brain, ears, and eyes alike.
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An operatic high-note: Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment comes home to Paris

From time to time, audiences are presented with what I consider to be a rare event, a “dream” performer: one so convincing in his or her role that they become an ideal, establishing a standard to which all following interpretations will inevitably be compared – for example, Jacqueline du Pré’s interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto has become a timeless benchmark.
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