Her list of awards also includes the Opera News Award and the Laurence Olivier Award (both 2008), and her designation as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor (2011).
In 2013, Dessay retired from live operatic performance (her final role was as Massenet's Manon in Toulouse, France).
In the same year she joined the roster of the Vienna Staatsoper with a triumphant performance as Blondchen.
She sang there in an acclaimed production of Tales of Hoffmann with Plácido Domingo, and as Sophie in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier opposite Anne Sophie von Otter.
Another Strauss opera was the vehicle for her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1994, where she sang Fiakermilli in Arabella.
Also that year, she added to her credits the Queen of the Night (Mozart's Magic Flute) in the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and the title role of Delibes' Lakmé at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.The popular "Nuit d'étoiles," Debussy's first published song, makes a good opener, because it is the one standard item.Some of the titles here may look familiar, but the versions performed are unusual.In 2017, Dessay released Pictures of America, her first English-language album, featuring a program of selections from the Great American Songbook., back in 1999, pianist Graham Johnson noted that there were two Debussy songs written earlier than "Nuit d'étoiles" but that these "have disappeared." In the intervening years, the situation has turned out to be more complicated than that."Fête galante," the song with which Debussy introduced himself to live audiences, is a pastorale featuring a tune better known today from the for four-hand piano."Rondel chinois" starts with several arches of wide-ranging vocalise.The songs are attractive, if not vital to our understanding of the composer."Le Matelot qui tombe à l'eau" is something like a less-filled-out version of "Nuit d'étoiles," while "L'archet," a setting of an Oscar Wildean fairy tale, is similarly slight.But she has continued to record, taking on several projects beyond the scope of opera (something she had previously avoided).Her 2013 release, Entre elle et lui, was a duo project with veteran French film composer and jazz pianist Michel Legrand.