Is this the reason Natalie Dessay left her label?

December 30, 2016 by norman lebrecht


From the last Lebrecht Album of the Week of 2016:

This release is the first fruit of the artist’s new contract with Sony, following a close personal and creative friendship with EMI/Warner and its sensitive chief, Alain Lanceron. It would not surprise me to learn that Lanceron’s lack of enthusiasm for this odd project was the cause of their separation.

Read the full review here.

And here.


Comments (5)

  1. Ungeheuer says:

    Since Dessay can’t be accused of straying from her Fach due to overambition or wanting to sing everything or personal delusion or any other reason, what caused her sad, premature decline?

    1. me! says:

      presumably smoking cigarettes and drinking wine – loss of lung capacity (needs to be miked) and coughs mid songs (not Met level with that, Calleja be damned). Such a shame, but the effects of those addictions are harsh all around (cancer risk, etc)

  2. Myrtar says:

    It can’t be worse than her album with “Michel Legrand”. Or can it?

    1. norman lebrecht says:


  3. Lucy says:

    Would you qualify male conductors such as John Eliot Gardiner, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Christophe Eschenbach etc. as “veteran”… ? Doesn’t seem very elegant…

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