Soprano Natalie Dessay, with tenor Charles Castonovo, in Philippe Béziat's documentary Becoming Traviata.
June 4, 2013 For a film built almost completely from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama — especially between a stage director and his charismatic star, French soprano Natalie Dessay.
A duet for the ages: Domingo and Colbert.
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February 24, 2012 Stephen Colbert sings Verdi with Domingo, Klinghoffer riles London and a kerfuffle over Golijov: all the news that's fit to link.
Renata Scotto has retired from the stage, but she hasn't slowed down — she's now a director and costume designer.
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February 24, 2011 After decades of performing with the greatest singers — from Maria Callas to Luciano Pavarotti — Scotto's giddy enthusiasm for music is undiminished. She chooses her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.
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Amina (Natalie Dessay) isn't actually sleeping with another man -- she's just sleepwalking.
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July 2, 2010 A young woman's habit of sleepwalking leads to troublesome consequences. But Bellini's light-handed approach is the perfect complement to the inspired purity of his melodic style.
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May 25, 2007 The Daughter of the Regiment, from the Vienna State opera, features some of the world's finest voices — both singing, and speaking! Soprano Natalie Dessay sings the title character opposite the brilliant tenor Juan Diego Florez, and renowned soprano Montserrat Caballe makes a surprise appearance in the speaking role of the Duchess of Crackentorp.
October 20, 2006 The music of Handel is the subject of a CD from Natalie Dessay. Music critic Tom Manoff says the music, with poetry by Vatican Cardinal, can seem opulent and highly ornate. The CD is Delirio, with music by George Frideric Handel.
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