October 01, 2015

Natalie Dessay in intimate recital this week at London's Barbican

The star French soprano performs songs by Duparc and Fauré among others, with pianist Philippe Cassard by her side.

The French soprano Natalie Dessay needs no introduction in London, where she has commanded the stage of Covent Garden in productions including La Fille du Régiment. Londoners will have the chance to hear her tomorrow night in more intimate mode at the Barbican, in an inspired programme of French mélodies and German lieder.

Her Barbican programme on 2 October includes miniature jewels by Fauré and Duparc from her new album Fiançailles Pour Rire (A Betrothal for Laughs), which she says is devoted entirely to "lyrical romantic songs...all about love and passion".

Her partner on the album, as in recital, is French pianist Philippe Cassard. In interivew with Classica magazine this month, Dessay described her duo partner as "one of the people who is closest to me. We work, we laugh, we travel, and we never get tired of one another.

"Without him, I might have never sang mélodies. He brought me the complete songs of Debussy...he said he only wanted to play them with me, and since I'm susceptible to flattery, I said yes."

Fiançailles Pour Rire is out now. Natalie Dessay and Philippe Cassard are at the Barbican Friday 2 October.