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Opera singer Natalie Dessay to open Abu Dhabi festival

Dessay will perform for the first time alongside her husband, acclaimed bass-baritone Laurent Naouri

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World-renowned French opera singer Natalie Dessay will open the main program of the 13th Abu Dhabi Festival at Emirates Palace on April 10.

Dessay will perform for the first time alongside her husband, acclaimed bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, two years after announcing the end of her opera career.

According to the festival website, the duet will perform “exquisite, quintessentially French songs.”

The program will honor France’s artistic excellence and include performances by French artists, including the country’s premiere symphony orchestra, Orchestre de Paris.

The lineup will include songs by some of the greatest French composers, including Farué, Poulenc and Delibes.

“Since its creation in 2004... the Abu Dhabi Festival has become a key element of the emirate’s cultural landscape,” said Michel Miraillet, French ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“Year after year, bringing the best artists to Abu Dhabi, commissioning original projects, fostering cultural expression, this ‘symphony of cultures’ makes quite a valuable contribution to the community.”