Chanson, microphones, theatre and yoga. Natalie Dessay discusses her future plans with SFist - and reveals that she hasn't closed the door on opera altogether:
"I only have Manon in Toulouse. After this, I don't know. In 2015, I am taking a sabbatical. I'm doing concerts, but I'll take a leave from the opera. After that, I don't know if I'll do it again, nor how. The last opera that I'm signed for is in October, after this I'm not signed on for anything."
"Until now, I didn't want to do recitals. But I discovered that I had things to express musically. In particular with French melodies and songs. I'll express myself this way. I'm coming next year to Cal Performances with Philippe Cassard, my pianist. I recorded the Debussy album with him. The program will be French and German. In the first part, Clara Schumann, Brahms, Fitzner [sic], Richard Strauss, then some Debussy, Faure, Duparc, Chausson, Chabrier. And in parallel, I'll do a lot of yoga and some theater, and sing some songs. For instance, I'll go on tour next year with Michel Legrand, and I'll do Michel Legrand songs. I'll sing with a mike, and not at all with my operatic voice. I like jazz a lot, but I'm not a jazz singer, alas. It's really a music I'd like to discover. And there's the French songs, Michel Legrand, Claude Nougaro, Maxime LeForestier."