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Natalie Dessay - Greatest Moments on Stage
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This DVD captures this incredible artist in her full glory performing in live production. Included are excerpts from Fledermaus, Ariadne, Hoffmann, Lucie, Zauberfloete, Hamlet, L'enfant et les sortileges, Candide, and Orphee aux Enfers (with Laurent Naour
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In the second version of Hoffmann, she is a crippled woman in what seemed to be a mental hospital, not a doll. I think I had this on dvd years ago, only it was called DES Contes d'Hoffmann - I remembered. I threw it away long ago.
In Hamlet she opened veins. The blood spurted from her breasts and splashed down her dress. The audience loved it.
And in Orpheus she had intercourse with a fly.
I thought I'd just discovered her with Regiment, and I loved her and so I bought this dvd. Now I'm afraid to buy anything else by her.
If I had read a review like mine first, I would not have bought this. I hated it.
But I love her singing and her personality.
Among many other vignettes, this contains three different performances, over the years of the "Olympia, the doll" scene from Tales of Hoffmann. They each have something to add to the repertoire. For me, the outdoor performance of 2000 was dazzling with Dessay's expressive face, voice, light feet, delightful sense of humor, AND her interaction with a half dozen gigantic dolls! Comparing the three performances might be a great way to introduce friends to the splendid art of opera.
All the arias are wonderful, but I also have to mention her Lucia di Lammermoor: it is so dramatic and heart-wrenching that I was afraid she was going to collapse. It really does bring back thoughts of Maria Callas.
Whether you've seen Natalie Dessay, or just read the reviews, you will soon see that she is everything we dream of in an opera singer: great (amazing!) singing, outstanding dramatic and humorous acting, and a bundle of energy that just can't be contained.
performed piece. This DVD contains quite a number of different segments taken from operas in which she has
sung. The most memorable is the "Voice of Spring" by Strauss within the opera "Der Fleidermaus" where Natalie
literally electrifies the audience and this viewer with her rendition. She also hits high F's in the "Magic Flute" number. Her comments are very interesting and greatly add to her performances. Wish there were more DVD's like this one. She truly is a "Miracle Voice".