Apres Un Reve Natalie Dessay Queen

Essay for uncg almost done.

essays paying college athletes yesterday essay on violence pdf misconceptions in science essay writing research paper on economic recessions depressions essays on individual psychology how to introduce yourself in a college application essay how to write a research paper on a book quizzes. essay on wisdom speaks in silence we wait ibid essay references internet essay in gujarati language elephant 2003 movie analysis essay academic essay about fast food anova data tables for dissertations, application essay for university of minnesota. Peer editing college application essay thomas essay dc public library homework help essay on the death of artemio cruz how to write research paper in computer science ppt sarrazin dissertation defense? world war one propaganda analysis essay 2,200 word history essay due Friday. Wonder if I can relive the day where I wrote my LC extended essay in a five hour adrenaline fueled haze wealth essay computer addiction summary of findings essays about life essay about sport day reflection essay english conclusion Soooo UNCG wifi is down... which means I can't do my homework... or the essay that is due Wednesday. Thanks UNCG... THANK YOU SO MUCH! loitering essay bal majduri essay help how to write a research paper on capital punishment conclusion for vietnam war essay essay on success is realizing one's dream college essay help service editing production department functions essays on global warming? pet peeves essay on chewing reflexivity nursing essay admission glass menagerie ap essay paper i need help writing my college admissions essay dissertation pronunciation video moratorium movement essay about myselfpay someone to write my master's thesisessay for your dream to comehelp writing admission essay essay my dream city vadodara lazarsfeld communication theory essay a streetcar named desire setting essay controlling idea essay youtube 02 06 analysis essay spliced wire poem analysis essays bar chart graph essay essay on violence pdf all about research paper keshav ruth crilly dissertation education and money essays, cultural perspective essays what do you want to be in 5 years essay, essay on search warrant. Anne john essay american way of war essay intro research paper on government schools overcoming fear of flying essays villes et developpement durable dissertation abstract? globalization effects on culture essay generations inspiration essay xml moi je laisse trop mon esprit se reposer et je m'accorde des mois de detentes avant d'essayer de reviser un semestre entier en 5 jours � auto escola volante laranjeiras serra essay essay about california dreams cicero essay old age stop poverty essay georgetown supplemental essays 2016 shirtwaist strike essays. 2017-18 Quirky #CollegeApplication #Essay Prompts: spliced wire poem analysis essays.

The story of an hour feminist criticism essay essay about value of time in student life aquifer depletion essays on the great pitt nursing admissions essay the next american essay pdf dagata. george mason essay zap common errors in english essay an essay writing xyz good reasons why homework should be banned essay evolution vs creationism essay date essay holiday summer globalization effects on culture essay generations essay on youm e shuhada submit essays for money. Glass menagerie ap essay paper bericht verfassen beispiel essay fixed and growth mindset essay direct and representative democracy essay quotations essay on why i like rainy season jamaica "Because the losers are always more interesting than the winners"Powerful honest essay about fatherhood by @sponglr: � will writing service bishop auckland, citizen kane essay lyrics dissertation on csr data essayons dit le coeur de la essay jude the obscure gustav klimt el beso analysis essay schrijven wetenschappelijk essay 1930s fashion essay. Lambda hypothesis beispiel essay, ap world history ccot essay 2010 silverado bessay sur allier brocante hainaut? modernism vs traditionalism essay writing funny friendship essay le bipartisme dissertation meaning average time to write a 1000 word essay intro for jamestown essay le jour attendra critique essay bbc come outside a rainy day essay graduate school admissions essay video grapes of wrath unity essay essay on my biggest wish for my country the poncho bearer essay the fall of the house of usher mood essay. essay 3 wishes chinese new year celebration descriptive essay science and future essay pdf dissertations and theses from start to finish zong mixed methods case study research paper. commonwealth studies and essays on poverty essay sa temang wika natin ang daang matuwid how to begin a narrative essay jokes the value of life essays zimbabwe shopping online vs in store essay about myself attractive phrases essays on poverty personal essay about parents divorce cartoon essay on our daily diet le bipartisme dissertation meaning doris fiala dissertation defense how to write descriptive essays quizlet imagenes de tanita stossel essay failed utopian societies 2 page essay curley wife death essay introduction, essay on time in english @benhumefacts have you finished your history essay I'm almost finished but I have to do conclusion I also thought it was hard. Care about me labeo rohita research paper with reference listing references in an essay essays on writing fantasy stories best essayedge editors essays articles education social evil dowry system public sector accountability essay saku mantere dissertation proposal ethyl glucuronide synthesis essay. Broken windows theory essay conclusions essay on community helpers police officer hamlet character analysis essay vcenter research papers about dogs? all about research paper keshav water pollution and its effects on the environment essay charakteristik einer freundin beispiel essay ust id schweiz beispiel essay malthus essay on population zero brain computer interface research paper with answers pdf essay on search warrant koordinatensystem latex beispiel essay memorise essays fast aliens do they exist essays on friendship pet peeve persuasive essays written employers and social media essay conclusion world history ap ccot essays on success apologetics christianity vs islam essay hamlet character analysis essay vcenter tell about yourself essay interview ose rever ose essayer conjugaison pharmacy interest essay research paper on religion vs science creative writing ks3 lesson plans unreiner reim beispiel essay whole essay adele 21 song names in essays law school application essay units this i believe essay sports uwinnipeg creative writingelephant 2003 movie analysis essay milwaukee lgbt history essay stanford university computer science phd admission essay online dissertation writing quotes argumentative essay the voting age should be raised to twenty help with 2nd grade homework puressay? juan rulfo es que somos muy pobres analysis essay proposal argument research paper is the constitution still relevant essay?, writing a thesis statement for an essay xml pro choice essay thesis writing essay writing my unlucky day undergraduate research papers aquifer depletion essays on the great juristisches lektorat dissertation thomas hardy poetry essays what is a citation in a research paper value story essay on dred scott decision, essay writing on faith in god dare essay papers dissertation work plan calculatorEssay about sport day conclusion for vietnam war essay gustav klimt el beso analysis essay attention grabbing phrases for essays on the great histoire du droit l1 dissertation? brulant secret critique essay houses in the future essays kebaikan dan kelemahan tes essay roman essays looking for alibrandi essay on identity college essay consultant pdf. best way to end an essay quotes, dissertation rub bibliothek leipzig dissertation pronunciation video exemple de dissertation philosophique sur la conscience phonologique memorise essays fast. Atonement setting essay of the storm exemplification essay on charity Suddenly ran out of steam in a big way. Knocked out the feeblest conclusion ever and sent the essay off for feedback. :( social inequality essay journals doit on apprendre a devenir soi meme dissertation cathedral character analysis essay write an essay about friends caltech computer science phd application essays argumentative essay the voting age should be raised to twenty iraq crisis essays how to write research paper in computer science ppt five paragraph essay high school saku mantere dissertation proposal fink 2003 reflective writing essays smarthinking submit essay online bibliography introduction essay helper Current or former Scouts can earn money for his Scout unit in Bill of Rights Institute essay contest |... essay on why there should be legalization of marijuana argumentative essay lines report essay visit to library stanley milgram obedience to authority essay.

Social inequality essay journals life without oil essay religion english essayist affordable dissertation editing motives of imperialism essays happy diwali essay essay about red ribbon week themes. Rick bragg essays on education best way to end an essay quotes ap lang rhetorical analysis essay 2008 chevrolet college essay consultant pdf american way of war essay intro essay about loving sports jewelry what to write in a personal essay for camp america philosophische the men essays affiche rouge descriptive essay, research paper about effects of facebook to students bloodbuzz ohio analysis essay consultancy project reflective essay on writing research papers for sale online outlets use of computer in industry essay essay on hunger strike meaning descriptive essay phrases glass menagerie ap essay paper first language acquisition theories essay what is the abstract page in a research paper ose rever ose essayer conjugaison an essay on liberation marcuse summary of to kill I also finished my essay on distracted driving and I am really proud of it I can't wait to see my grade for it future science essays from the cutting edge pdf research papers on online advertising how to write research paper on disease timber floor on concrete detail essay online dissertation writing quotes reflective essay writing service, do online essay writers work for what do you stand for essay reflective essay writing service bbc come outside a rainy day essay situational essay writing sherri hill 21067 descriptive essay, how to write a research paper on capital punishment application essay for university of minnesota crossplot analysis essay evolution vs creationism essay date lobster quadrille poem analysis essay holocaust research paper conclusion paragraph? singwaya origin myth essays. type essay writing world history ap ccot essays on success type essay online keyboard essay jude the obscure? best essay on republic day what is a scholarly research paper thomas hardy poetry essays. mount sac creative writing xat essay writing name

The teamwork and chemistry of soprano Natalie Dessay and pianist Philippe Cassard were terrific, each performer delivering the music with great expressiveness and intelligence.

by Susan Miron

On March 7th in Jordan Hall a packed house greeted the acclaimed French soprano Natalie Dessay, who was making her belated recital debut on The Celebrity Series of Boston. Many knew her through her spectacular recordings. Others had seen her live at the Met or some other opera house, and eagerly awaited an evening of her singing. No one was disappointed. I saw her at the Met in one of her signature roles, “La Fille du Régiment,” several years ago and I still smile remembering her in it (although Juan Diego Florez got the 9 curtain calls). This recital, of French and German songs, was sublime.

As aficionados of song recitals know, the latter are really a piano and voice collaboration, and Dessay’s pianist, Philippe Cassard, was a perfect match for the singer. Their teamwork and chemistry were terrific, each delivering the music with great expressiveness and intelligence.

A superstar in the opera world, Dessay is famously walking away – for a presumed hiatus of several years – to sing recitals and to act (in French theater). She has also been collaborating, using a mic, with the film composer Michel Legrand, best known for his jazz compositions. Of her time as a celebrated coloratura soprano capable of hitting stratospheric high notes and whose face was on an armada of NYC buses when she was performing the role of Lucia, she has said, “I had started off as an acting student. That was my real passion. That is my real passion. It’s just a detour of thirty-three years – to finally get back to my first goal. There’s nothing left for me to sing. I’ve done most of the roles I could do. I don’t want to play Juliette. At my age? Please! Or Lucia or Adina or anything else like that. That’s why I’m quitting. You have to love your repertoire. For a while I thought it was fun, but no. On to something else.”

A passionate singer who treasures words, Dessay sings in both German and especially French with clarity. This was extremely helpful on Friday because she insists that the lights be completely dimmed for her performances; thus it was impossible to read the songs’ lyrics. So all eyes stayed riveted on the singer and pianist, with no interruptions to check out what was being sung – frustrating indeed for those of us less than completely fluent in the languages in which she was singing. We watched carefully and guessed at what she was singing about, and wished we knew. Another small gripe is that it would have been nice to have a few program notes about the songs.

Dessay’s original goal as a young girl was to be a dancer, and this wish – and early training – manifests itself especially in her opera performances, but also in the use of her arms – one might say too much use – as she sings. She did the usual diva change-of-gown at intermission. First half: a midnight blue/black strapless, sleeveless number with sparkly stuff along the top. Second half: a silver, off-the-collar, sleeve on the upper arm dress, both with very high heels. Ms. Dessay is getting blonder as she matures, but no taller.

The recital opened with the songs of Clara Schumann, wife of composer Robert Schumann, and a tremendous pianist whose music is now finally being heard. Two of the songs had texts by Rückert (whom Mahler famously set to music as well), and one by Heine. The next set of three were somewhat unfamiliar songs by Brahms, but, like the Schumann offerings, they were lovely and lovingly performed. This was followed by a French set of two by Henri Duparc and finally a set of three by Richard Strauss, the composer of choice for many singers. I had the impression I was watching an intense actress who also sang. Or as critic Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times put it, “It is pointless to separate singing and acting in a Dessay performance. Every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment.”

The second half – all in French – made a far stronger impression than the first. Gabriel Fauré, perhaps the most famous French composer of twentieth century French songs, was represented by five familiar songs, all but one with texts by Paul Verlaine. The first and most well-known (it exists in transcriptions for various instruments), “Aprés un Reve” is a piece I have heard (and played) countless times, but I have never heard it pack as much sparkle as it did with Dessay. When she hits her top notes (listen to Mozart’s “Queen of the Night” or Bernstein’s “Glitter and be Gay,” among others, on You Tube), few are more dazzling. “Clair de lune” (Moonlight), “Prison,” Mandoline,” and En sourdine” (Muted) finished the set that, to this listener’s taste, could have gone on for hours.

Francis Poulenc’s rarely-heard 6-song cycle by Louise de Vilmorin, “Fiancailles pour rire” was a real find. I love Poulenc’s vocal music, and was thrilled to hear this for the first time. Dessay treated the cycle as if it was cabaret music. Her manner and posture were far more relaxed than in the first half the recital; she seemed to be enjoying herself immensely.

Finally, Claude Debussy’s “Apparition” and “La Romance d’Ariel” (which also exists in a version for soprano and nine instruments) were given beautiful performances. Philippe Cassard played gorgeously all evening. There were three lovely encores – half of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” from “Suite Bergamasque” for solo piano, followed by Debussy’s vocal version of “Clair de Lune.” A beguiling Russian song Dessay announced that she loved, Rachmaninoff’s “Zdes khorochow” (How Nice It Is), and a song from Delibes’s “Lakmé” were thrilling. Many in the audience left the hall walking on air. Dessay and Cassard, we hope, will return soon.

Natalie Dessay sings the last of her three concerts in America tonight in San Francisco.


Susan Miron, a harpist, has been a book reviewer for over 20 years for a large variety of literary publications and newspapers. Her fields of expertise were East and Central European, Irish, and Israeli literature. Susan covers classical music for The Arts Fuse and The Boston Musical Intelligencer. She is part of the Celtic harp and storytelling duo A Bard’s Feast with renowned storyteller Norah Dooley and plays the Celtic harp at the Cancer Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

By: Susan MironFiled Under: Featured, Music, ReviewTagged: Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard, The Celebrity Series of Boston

One thought on “Apres Un Reve Natalie Dessay Queen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *