Friday, October 12, 2007
"My dream would be an empty stage"
In recommending that you spend half an hour of your life watching Dessay on Charlie Rose, I cannot avoid the word "inspirational." How does she come off? A bit grandiose, which is for some reason is not only ok, but seems just and right. It would be a little tiresome if she were humbly unassuming. It's a treat to revisit opening night with closeups, a guilty pleasure to hear Dessay diss Mary Zimmerman in a way that could possibly read as innocent. La D also throws a little shade Sutherland's way, but it's wonderful to hear her pay tribute to Callas as Callas did to Ponselle. Some may note the symmetry of Dessay saying in English approximately her antipodal American diva said in French sometime or other: I'd like the public to forget that I'm singing.