Mad Scenes

Mad Scenes

by Natalie Dessay
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Mad Scenes

This collection features Natalie Dessay in five scenes of coloratura madness -- or near-madness -- by two Italian composers, two French composers, and one satirising American.

Soprano characters who go insane are quite a feature of 19th-century opera, providing composers with an opportunity to write virtuosic and often adventurous music to express the wanderings of the poor heroine's mind.

Dessay tackles such high-wire scenes from operas by Donizetti (Lucia), Bellini (I Puritani), Thomas (Hamlet), Meyerbeer (Le Pardon de Ploërmel), and Bernstein (Candide). From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label: Erato
UPC: 5099969946905
catalogNumber: 99469
Rank: 241654


  1. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Mon nom s'est fait entendre... L'autel rayonne...
  2. I Puritani, opera: O rendetemi la speme... Qui la voce sua soave... V
  3. Hamlet, opera in 5 acts: A vos jeux mes amis
  4. Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Chelsea version): Glitter and be gay
  5. Dinorah (Le pardon de Ploërmel), comic opera in 3 acts: Ombre légère
  6. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Il dolce suono... Ardon gli incensi... S'avanza En

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Mad Scenes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ZRome More than 1 year ago
In 2007 I was lucky to go to the Metropolitan Opera opening night to catch Natalie Dessay's epic performance in the Mad Scene from Donizetti's "Lucia de Lammermoor." Ever since then I have been hoping for Natalie to release an album containing this scene. So say how delighted I am that I now own this release is the least of it. Along with "Lucia de Lammermoor," there are five additional spectacular mad scenes. Dessay truly shines in this recording especially in the mad scene of Ophelie from Thomas' Hamlet. I can't wait to see her perform this role this coming spring at the Met.