Natalie Dessay Surgery
“For me, acting is receiving, and singing is giving, and that is why it is so difficult, because your body does one thing and your mind does another.”Some of the most successful singers in the history of opera refrained from acting entirely—Pavarotti was most convincing as himself—but among the greatest of singers there have also been formidable actors and actresses, and Dessay, who calls herself a “singing actor,” is the performer who best represents that tradition today.David Gockley, the general director of the San Francisco Opera, said, “She is extraordinarily demanding on herself, and her colleagues.Dessay says that it is her highest artistic ambition to embody a character so persuasively, and tell a story so convincingly, that the audience forgets that she is singing.“What is interesting is to have this incredible, unbelievable way of expressing ourselves vocally paired with a total controlled and quiet body,” she says.Dessay was marking the notes: singing them in a tuneful but subdued near-whisper, an octave lower than they would be heard in performance.A spectator unfamiliar with Dessay’s capabilities might have taken her not for an opera singer who can act but for an actor with a surprisingly pretty little voice—a voice that, given some training, might really turn into something.Jeannie's first book "Your Singing Voice" (Berklee Press, 2012) is also an excellent reference.Jeanie has taught thousands of vocalists to sing with deep expression and healthy technique, primarily at Berklee College of Music.
However, even trained singers can sustain a vocal injury, particularly if they sing too often.
She seemed irritated by the words of her interlocutor—her agent in France, perhaps.
She also seemed largely oblivious of the ministrations of a pair of company operatives who had rushed to disencumber her and were removing jacket, scarf, and—as Dessay carelessly extended each limp, queenly hand—an imaginary pair of gloves.
That is what made Callas an extraordinary experience compared with Tebaldi, who was regal and stately and uninvolved dramatically.
That’s good enough for some people—to hear the world’s most beautiful voice.