Natalie Dessay | soprano
Philippe Cassard | piano

Longstanding friends Natalie Dessay and Philippe Cassard tackle a challenging programme devoted to words by women. 

Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard
Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard - DR


Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn  Dämmerung senkte sich von oben, Vorwurf, Suleika
Clara Schumann  Liebst du um Schönheit, Geheimes Flüstern hier und dort, Sie liebten sich beide, Warum willst du and’re fragen, Er ist gekommen
Romance for piano Op. 21
Alma Mahler  Bei dir ist es traut, Laue Sommernacht, In meinem Vaters Garten
Massenet  « Pleurez mes yeux », aria excerpt from Cid
Gounod  « Ah, je ris de me voir si belle », aria excerpt from Faust
Debussy  « Mes longs cheveux », aria excerpt from Pelléas et Mélisande
Poulenc  La Dame de Monte-Carlo
Stravinsky  « No word from Tom », aria excerpt from The Rake’s progress

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The hugely talented Natalie Dessay reunites with her regular partner, Philippe Cassard, for a programme of two complementary halves. They begin with women composers who have long been overlooked but whose remarkable talent is no longer in any doubt: Fanny, sister of Felix Mendelssohn; Clara, wife of Robert Schumann; and Alma, wife of Gustav Mahler. They are followed by some of the greatest female figures in opera, brought powerfully to life by Natalie Dessay – make way for the tragic fates of Marguerite, Chimène, Mélisande, and Anne Trulove. These gripping real and imagined lives are preserved for all time in music.

Production Les Grandes Voix

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