In a new occasional series, we'll comb the depths of YouTube to bring you the best classical music and opera gems lurking out there. If the spring weather is already filling you with the urgent desire to jump on top of park benches singing, here's some inspiration by way of Johann Strauss. Here, French soprano Natalie Dessay, in her debut at the Vienna State Opera, takes on Strauss's ode to spring with exuberant vocal flourish. Though Dessay is known for her commitment as both an actor as well as a singer in her roles, it's her technical prowess that shines through as she spins through line after line of nimble vocal runs check out her renditions of Offenbach's " Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille " or the mad scene Donizetti's " Lucia di Lammermoor " to get an extended taste.
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Donizetti Feb 7, Donizetti Nov 13, Donizetti Apr 7, The tragic tale of "the bride of Lammermoor" has always been a favorite of opera-goers and sopranos alike. Yet with the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay in the title role, Lucia's plight and descent into madness take on another dimension.
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Here was a beloved soprano, like Ms. Fleming — and who, like Ms. Fleming, is now shifting from the opera to the concert stage — who still sounded recognizably herself yet was still challenging herself, and who was still deliriously received by her fans.