Listening to gossip about things going on behind the scenes, quarrels and so forth, I brought up the La Traviata production of two years ago. I mentioned how much I admired the way Natalie Dessay jumped from one ridiculous giant box to another with grace and conviction.
Then I was told that before every performance she would come out in full costume and practice the jumps. The house could not be opened until she was finished. Natalie is always the complete performer.