On April 22, BNP Paribas successfully held its 2014 client event under the title “Natalie Dessay: the Voice of Miracle”. BNP Paribas invited clients and partners to a recital of the internationally acclaimed French soprano singer Natalie Dessay. Over 300 guests of BNP Paribas Korea joined the event held at the Seoul Arts Center’s Music Hall to enjoy the world-renowned artist’s very first performance in Korea. Attendants also enjoyed drinks and snacks prepared at a cocktail reception hosted by BNP Paribas.
The recital employed a calm and soft atmosphere to show respect for the grief-struck Korean nation due to the recent tragedy with the sinking of Sewol ferry. Ms. Dessay offered her condolences to everyone affected by the calamity with her beautiful voice in performing the consoling number ‘Du bist die ruh D.776 (You are my peace)’ by Shubert. During her two-hour recital, Dessay presented a select repertoire consisting of music by classical composers including Clara Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Strauss and Debussy and once again proved that she is one of the best performers of her time. In an interview prior to the recital, Dessay said, “I wanted to share the songs I personally treasure with the audience of Korea.” The recital was met with much praise and all of the members of the audience left the venue touched and moved by the extraordinary performance.