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Natalie Dessay – as you've never heard her before

July 20, 2008 by Norman Lebrecht

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Coming up on Monday night on BBC Radio 3:

Natalie Dessay

Monday 21 July 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Norman Lebrecht in conversation with French soprano Natalie Dessay, whose performances in bel canto roles have won her awards and brought her international acclaim. However, her career was threatened seven years ago, when she developed a problem with her vocal cords that required surgery.

In a revealing interview, she speaks candidly to Norman Lebrecht about that experience, about her need to be on stage to escape real life, explaining why she’s happiest when rehearsing, her desire to revolutionise the operatic world and her conversion to the Jewish faith.


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