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From Paris to Vienna, Natalie Dessay has performed Mozart (The Queen of Night in Die
Zauberflöte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Richard Strauss
(Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Aminta in
Die schweigsame Frau); but she made her debut with French repertoire, singing
Olympia in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Opéra national de Paris and
the title role in Delibes's Lakmé at the Opéra Comique.
Ms. Dessay has sung the title role in Stravinsky's Le rossignol at the Théâtre du
Châtelet and in Berlin; Ophelia (Thomas's Hamlet) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Le
Capitole de Toulouse, Théâtre du Châtelet, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and Gran
Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Metropolitan Opera
in New York and Opéra national de Paris.
Ms. Dessay also sings bel canto roles, such as Amina (Bellini's La sonnambula) at
the Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Paris, Opéra national de Bordeaux, La Scala in Milan, and
Santa Fe Opera; and the title role in both the French and Italian versions of Donizetti's
Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Lyric Opera
of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, and in Moscow conducted by Valery Gergiev.
She has performed Massenet's Manon in San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Geneva, Barcelona, and
Toulouse; Mélisande (Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande) in Glasgow and at the Theater
an der Wien; Juliette (Gounod's Roméo et Juliette) at the Metropolitan Opera;
Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in Santa Fe; Marie (Donizetti's La fille du
régiment) in London, Vienna, New York, and Paris; Musetta (Puccini's La
bohème) and Cleopatra (Handel's Giulio Cesare) at the Opéra de Paris and
Metropolitan Opera; Verdi's La traviata in Santa Fe, Japan, Aix-en-Provence,
Vienna, and New York; and Les contes d'Hoffmann in Barcelona and San
Ms. Dessay has been appointed as Kammersängerin by the Vienna State Opera.
Philippe Cassard has established an international reputation as concerto soloist,
recitalist, and chamber musician since giving a joint recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris
in 1985. The same year, he was finalist at the Concours Clara Haskil, and in 1988, he won
first prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition.
Mr. Cassard has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre
National de France, and many more. He has worked with many conductors, including Sir
Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Raymond Leppard,
Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, and Thierry Fischer.
Mr. Cassard's performance of the complete piano works of Debussy (four recitals in a single
day)-presented in London (Wigmore Hall), Dublin, Paris, Lisbon, Sydney, Singapore, and
Tokyo-received extremely enthusiastic press and media coverage. Released by Decca, the
collected was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1994.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Cassard has appeared with such artists as Wolfgang Holzmair,
Paul Meyer, David Grimal, Anne Gastinel, Matt Haimovitz, and Isabelle Faust; as well as
with the Ebène, Modigliani, Takács, Auryn, Vanbrugh, Danish, and Chilingirian string
His recording of Schumann's Humoreske, Op. 20, and Fantasiestücke, Op.
12, was named Editor's Choice by Gramophone. Mr. Cassard's other releases (Schubert's
Impromptus and Brahms's Klavierstücke, Op. 116-119) have been received very
warmly. In 2012, Mr. Cassard and Ms. Dessay recorded an album of Debussy songs on Virgin
Mr. Cassard served as artistic director of the Nuits Romantiques du Lac du Bourget festival
from 1999 to 2008, and since 2005, he has presented more than 300 live programs dedicated
to piano interpretation on France Musique Radio. He has written an essay on Schubert and a
book on cinema and music.
Natalie Dessay on Becoming a Singer
Natalie Dessay on the Art of Recital
Natalie Dessay on Working with Philippe Cassard
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 8 PM
During February and March 2014, Carnegie Hall salutes Vienna's extraordinary artistic legacy with "Vienna: City of Dreams."
Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 7 PM
Beethoven's Sonata No. 21, Op. 53 Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 8 PM
Friday, March 21, 2014 | 7:30 PM
The mercilessly self-critical Brahms described his C-Minor Quartet as "mean and paltry," but posterity has rendered a different verdict on his masterpiece. The two Op. 51 quartets are dedicated to Theodor Billroth, Brahms's surgeon friend in Vienna and an accomplished amateur violist. Billroth knew better than to take the composer's judgment at face value. "These dedications will keep our names known longer than our best work," he remarked to a fellow dedicatee.
As a student in Paris in the late 1950s, Hungarian composer György Kurtág became so fascinated by the music of Anton Webern (whose works were unavailable in Communist Hungary) that he went to the library and copied out by hand virtually the entire output of the Austrian composer. Kurtág's debt to Webern is apparent in the spare, aphoristic style of this richly allusive work, which was first performed on April 22, 1989, in Witten, Germany, by the Auryn Quartet.
Beethoven considered Op. 131 the best of his 16 string quartets. Although much has been written about the work's unconventional seven-part structure and often abstruse tonal relationships, the robust lyricism and emotional intensity of the music have never failed to pull listeners into its unforgettable sound world. One of the C-sharp-Minor Quartet's greatest admirers was Franz Schubert, who is said to have requested a performance on his deathbed.
Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Friday, March 28, 2014 | 8 PM
Friday, April 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Friday, April 4, 2014 | 8 PM
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 8 PM