Classical home listening: Natalie Dessay; Leo Chadburn; the House of Bedlam and Birdgirl
French Opera Arias | Warner Classics
Dessay also seems to be branching out into more lyrical material, and not relying solely on the high-flying acrobatics that have been her trademark. The first of these two gambles pays off nicely; the most appealing selections on the album are those that many listeners won't have heard before. The second gives mixed results. Dessay 's singing lacks both the warmth and the brilliance to carry off the arias from Massenet 's Manon, which seem strangely sexless here -- a problem made worse by Michel Plasson 's dry accompaniment and the engineering of the recording, which de-emphasizes the orchestra's low end. But Dessay and Plasson both hit their stride with Thomas ' "Je suis Titania la blonde" from Mignon, and the rest of the album is consistently excellent.
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She gained wide recognition after her portrayal of Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann in , and then performing at leading opera houses. Since retiring from opera stage, she has pursued a career in theatre and in concert, where she now performs, besides classical, genres such as jazz and chansons. Since she has been recording under Sony Classical Records. In , she won first prize at the International Mozart Competition in Vienna.