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The Metropolitan Opera Company was founded in 1880 to create an alternative to New York's old established Academy of Music opera house. The subscribers to ...
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Natalie Dessay's performance of the title role is heartbreaking, particularly in the famous "Mad Scene", in which she wanders wearing her wedding dress which is dirtied with the blood of her bridegroom, whom she has killed. Indeed her performance, that develops all the nuances of despair, highlights her perfect mastery of dramatic codes.