Natalie Dessay last delighted San Francisco audiences in the title role of 2009's Lucia di Lammermoor and this summer she's back, but not in one of her signature roles. The soprano has appeared as Olympia is Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann many times, but for this Laurent Pelly production, she decided to mix things up and sing a role she has always wanted to sing, the tragic role of Antonia. In today's blog post, Natalie Dessay answers our 5 questions.
Posted: 07/02/2013 by Natalie Dessay (Antonia, The Tales of Hoffmann)

Next in our Adler Profile series is Jacqueline Piccolino, a Chicago-born soprano and graduate of the University of Illinois’ music program.  Previous roles include Arminda in La finta giardiniera with the Merola Program, as well as major roles in Le donne curiose, Sweeney Todd, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Die ZauberflöteShe will also be playing the role of the Countess in Merola’s production of Le nozze di Figaro this July. She made her San Francisco Opera debut, as well as returned to the music of Offenbach, in the role of Stella in our current production of Hoffmann.  

Posted: 07/01/2013 by San Francisco Opera

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