Dessay on the wild side.

After news from our blogger colleague at Opera Chic about Netrebko wandering from the straight and narrow classical path, we read in the local Toulouse press that soprano Natalie Dessay and her husband, baritone Laurent Naouri, both have made public their future forays into popular music.
She is working on an evening of the songs of Michel Legrand, to be staged in Toulouse by no less than Laurent Pelly (a friend and colleague who directs her first Traviata in Sante Fe, New Mexico.) Both husband and wife will sing a program of Michel Legrand (her for the first time with microphone) on the 28th and 29th at the same local theater.
Naouri will stray also. His life-long interest in jazz has him singing with his “dream trio” of drummer Matthieu Chazarenc, bass Mathias Allamane and, at piano, Manuel Rocheman. Cole Porter will be the centerpiece. He will be back in Toulouse in December at the irrepressable Baron de Gondremark in Offenbach’s “La Vie parisienne” (also by Pelly).
Regarding the Traviata in Santa Fe, Dessay lets drop that the production will also be seen in Aix, Vienna, New York and “probably” Paris. Another thing she mentioned is Elvira in “I Puritani” (again Pelly) in Paris and New York, the year not specified. She will make her theater debut in Thomas Bernhard’s “L’ignorant et le fou” to be staged by Alfredo Arias in Paris next year.
You can watch a teaser for a program on France2 TV on June 2nd which has Dessay and Legrand doing a duet, a brief bit with Naouri and Dessay again doing Legrand.


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