She is an actress, known for Joyeux Noel (2005), Orphée aux enfers (1997) and Jules César (2011). Natalie Dessay was born on April 19, 1965 in Lyon, Rhône, France as Nathalie Dessaix. Natalie Dessay, Actress: Joyeux Noël. The main performance programme of the Abu Dhabi Festival opens on Sunday with an intimate recital of classic French songs by opera stars Natalie Dessay and Laurent Naouri. There was no Sondheim this year after A Little Night Music (2011), Sweeney Todd (2012), Sunday in the Park With George (2013) and Into the Woods (2014), but fears there would be … She has been married to Laurent Naouri since 1994. In this recording, made in 2011, Dessay's voice doesn't always convey the supple ease floating above the staff that characterized her work around the turn of the century. Ms. Fleming, 58, and Ms. Dessay, 52, faced the same problem over the past decade or so. Natalie Dessay has an instinctive understanding of Debussy's idiom and a combination of passion and delicacy that makes her an ideal interpreter of the composer's distinctive vocal style. The Theatre du Chatelet in Paris has pulled off quite a coup in signing the world-acclaimed French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay to sing Fosca in their fifth Stephen Sondheim production, Passion, next spring.