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Natalie Dessay and Philippe Cassard

Women's Words

Natalie Dessay posing on a black velvet chair

Soprano Natalie Dessay guides us through a gallery of unforgettable women, from composers Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn to great operatic heroines.

Possessing one of the most beguiling soprano voices ever to grace the world’s operatic stages, Natalie Dessay has forged a career characterised by its variety and integrity. Now channelling her energies into concert performances, Dessay and regular collaborator Philippe Cassard present a selection of exquisite art songs and arias that make full use of Dessay’s expressive range.

Alongside the ardent melodies and rich harmonies of songs by Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, and the subtle contours of Alma Mahler’s music, Dessay portrays some of the most complex and well-drawn women in opera. By turns manipulated, spurned or driven to despair, this is a perfect cast of characters to demonstrate Dessay’s communicative genius.

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Digital programme

Natalie Dessay looking to her right, standing next to Philippe Cassard who is looking at the camera and smiling

Natalie Dessay and Philippe Cassard

In Women’s Words, beloved French duo soprano Natalie Dessay and pianist Philippe Cassard give women the spotlight, whether as composers or as heroines of their own stories. Read our free digital programme to find out more about the music.

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