Natalie Dessay

Natalie Dessay made her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of 2008’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she has sung to international acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, and Lyon Opera. Some of the French soprano’s career highlights include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, and the Salzburg Festival; the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) at Paris Opera; and Morgana (Alcina) in Paris, the Salzburg Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Recent successes include Violetta (La Traviata) at the Santa Fe Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and the Vienna State Opera; Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) in London and Paris; Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) with the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera; Marie (La Fille du Régiment) with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Amina (La Sonnambula) at the Vienna State Opera, Milan’s La Scala, Paris Opera, and the Met; Ophélie (Hamlet) at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and in Geneva and Paris ; Musetta (La Bohème) with Paris Opera; and Antonia at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. Her broad discography includes ten solo albums and complete recordings of Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Orfeo, Le Rossignol, Oedipus Rex, La Sonnambula, and Lakmé as well as DVD recordings of Ariadne auf Naxos, Pelléas et Mélisande, La Fille du Régiment, Le Rossignol, and Hamlet.