Daniela Dessì (born May 14, 1957, in Genoa, Italy) is an Italian lirico-spinto soprano.
Daniela Dessì completed her studies at the Conservatory of Parma and the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Italy. After having won the first prize at the International Competition organized by Italy's RAI TV in 1980, she had her debut with the comic opera La serva padrona by Pergolesi. Her international career has taken her to a variety of opera theatres, singing under the direction of orchestra conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, and the Metropolitan Opera's James Levine.
Her 2008-2009 season began with Tosca in Florence (where she performed an encore of "Vissi d'arte," the first encore at Teatro Comunale di Firenze since Renata Tebaldi's "Amami Alfredo" in 1956), then at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste, Adriana Lecouvreur in Palermo, Puccini's La fanciulla del West in Seville, Manon Lescaut in Warsaw, Madama Butterfly in Hanover and Aida in Verona and Cagliari, Italy and she closed the season in Barcelona in Turandot. In January 2009 she opened the season of recital at La Scala.