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Natalie Dessay

A Fabulous Debut at Davies Symphony Hall for Natalie Dessay

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.18.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Natalie Dessay's musicianship is sublime. It is her commitment to the text -- and thus, to the heart and soul of the character she communicates -- that stimulates and mobilizes her vocal delivery.

Attention Must Be Paid

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm the kind of person who is frequently more turned on by process than product. I like following the path of artistic creation that begins with an idea.

SF Jazz Center Goes Baroque -- A Conversation with Countertenor David Daniels

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Entitled Pergolesi in Naples, the Grammy Award winning ensemble led by Music Director Nicholas McGegan offers an evening of top-grossing hits from the early 18th Century, beginning with the Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

Well, Well, Hello, Dolly!

George Heymont | Posted 09.22.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Do girls weave totally different fantasy lives than boys while playing with dolls? Do lesbians create totally different fantasy worlds than straight women when playing with dolls? The answer to these questions become apparent while watching The Altered Lives of LaVonne Salleé.

She's Not Singing Herself To Death

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts

SAN FRANCISCO -- Her character Antonia literally sings herself to death in Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann," but in real life Natalie Dessay says h...

Becoming Traviata

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

What does it take to become Traviata, one of opera's most famous heroines? A lot of rehearsals. A French documentary shows the making of Traviata at t...

Caesar And A Sexy Cleopatra Take Over The Met

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If anyone still harbors doubts that Handel's operas can be excitingly staged, the Met's smashing new production of Giulio Cesare, which had its gala p...

WATCH: Behind The Scenes Of A Classic Opera

Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts

Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" -- "the fallen woman" in Italian -- tells the tale of Violetta, a tragic heroine who is desperate to remain free and lo...

Who's Crazy Now?

George Heymont | Posted 12.31.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Which messenger from an alternate universe would you prefer to hear from? A ghost who walks at midnight or a suburban nut job who tried to assassinate the President of the United States?

Trouble in the Opera Corner of iTunes Land

Opera Teen | Posted 09.24.2012 | Home
Opera Teen

Hello opera fans. Now I don't normally do short little posts like this, but I would like to tell you all about something weird (and possibly funny) ab...

Singer Bows Out Mid-Opera

AP | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- Natalie Dessay needed a relief soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. After struggling through the first act of Verdi's "La Traviata" on Satu...

WATCH: An Operatic Ode To Spring

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 03.22.2012 | Home

In a new occasional series, we'll comb the depths of YouTube to bring you the best classical music and opera gems lurking out there. If the sprin...

Peter Gelb and His Met: No Booing Please

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What occurs to me about the booing is that it might begin to color attitudes towards the Met under Peter Gelb for whom this 2009-10 season is the first with no vestigial ties to Joseph Volpe.