Natalie Dessay to Retire from Classical Music in 2025

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Simon Fowler – Sony Classical)

Natalie Dessay will retire from classical music in 2025 when she turns 60.

The soprano said in an interview with France Musique that she plans to give a farewell tour in 2025. She said, “We decided with Philippe Cassard to organize a farewell tour for my 60th birthday, so in two years. I think it’s a lot of work to manage to maintain vocally and physically in classical singing.”

The soprano added that she wants to explore other forms of music and wants to record one last classical album dedicated to the character of “Alcina.”

Dessay retired from the opera world in 2013, giving her final performance on at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse on Oct. 15, 2013. However, she has continued to give recitals around the world, including one at Carnegie Hall a few years back.