Natalie Dessay is a great favourite of mine. It is pointless to separate singing and acting in a Dessay performance. Enjoy a free 7-day trial!

Dessay joined in with lilting, carefree exchanges during the “Libiamo” duet and chorus. Download the new iPad app to watch on your TV with Apple TV via AirPlay. I have followed her career with interest ever since I saw her many years ago as Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann. She may have been mainly a high-note specialist in those days but she has expanded her range into bel canto, at first in French and then Italian and, to my mind, she is currently the world's leading Donizetti interpreter.

Ms. Fleming, 58, and Ms. Dessay, 52, faced the same problem over the past decade or so. Met Opera La Traviata review By Simon Parris on April 11, 2012 • ( 26 Comments ) Natalie Dessay dons the infamous red cocktail dress in Willy Decker’s controversial 2005 Salzburg Festival staging of La Traviata, now playing at the Met. Met Opera on Demand delivers instant access to more than 500 Met performances, including Live in HD videos, classic telecasts and radio broadcasts. Dessay's voice just does not seem big enough in the Brindisi, E Strano or Sempre Libera and her performance seems rather lacklustre in comparison with, Angela Gheorghiu, Renée Fleming or Anna Netrebko, to name just three.