Lea Desandre,
mezzo-soprano

“Lea Desandre brought life and beauty to everything she touched.” New York Times

“Révélation Artiste Lyrique des Victoires de la Musique Classique 2017”, Prize HSBC at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and Prize “Jeune soliste des médias francophones 2018”, Lea Desandre is noticed from its 20 years, by William Christie and integrates its Jardin des Voix 2015. She continues her development with Sara Mingardo, Valérie Guillorit and Véronique Gens.

Trained for twelve years in classical dance, the stage is a real place of expression for Lea Desandre. Since 2015, each season has marked new entries to its repertoire, with its first transvestite and handmade roles such as Sesto Giulio Cesare and Ruggiero Alcinabut also the title roles of Alcione/Marais at the Opéra Comique (Paris), at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in Erismena/Cavalli, as well as Abel in The Dead of Abel/Caldara. She is a noted performer of the Messaggiera Orfeo/Monteverdi, Dido in Dido & Aeneas/ Purcell, Annio La Clemenza di Tito/ Mozart, Amour Orphée/Gluck-Berlioz, Valetto et Amore The Coronation of Poppée/Monteverdi, Venus Orphée aux Enfers/Offenbach. Her musical versatility also led her to reveal herself in a “single stage” (pastiche de Rameau) at the Opéra Comique, as well as in the great Farinelli Gala of the Salzburger Festspiele, alongside Cecilia Bartoli.

Her concerts and recitals lead her to sing all over the world: Wigmore Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikverein Wien, Alice Tully Hall (NY), Walts Disney Concert Hall (LA), Harris Theater Chicago, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra de Bordeaux, Théâtre du Chatelet, Opéra de Rouen, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Lille, Sydney Opera House, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Theater an der Wien, Shanghai Symphony Hall, KKL Luzern, Teatros del Canal (Madrid) as well as the Opéra-Comique and the Salzburger Festspiele for several consecutive years.

Very attached to chamber music, she regularly performs in concert with Thomas Dunford and the Jupiter Ensemble.

Lea Desandre is invited to sing with prestigious conductors and musicians such as William Christie, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Raphaël Pichon, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jordi Savall, Thomas Dunford, Jean Rondeau, Christophe Rousset, Laurence Equilbey, Gianluca Capuano, Fabio Biondi, David Stern or Leonardo Garcia Alarcon; as well as renowned director: Barrie Kosky, Jan Lauwers, Jean-Yves Ruf, Aurélien Bory, Jean Bellorini, Clément Debailleul. To be noted in his discography, “Vivaldi” with Jupiter Ensemble (Alpha) 2019, “Handel Italian Cantatas” with Sabine Devieilhe and Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d’Astrée (Erato) 2018, “Berenice che fai” (Apartéé) with Opera Fuoco or “Cities” with Thibault Cauvin (Sony) 2018.

The 2019-20 season marks an important turning point for Lea Desandre. She made her debut in many iconic roles in the repertoire: Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia/Rossini at the Opéra de Rouen, Urbain Les Huguenots/Meyerbeer at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Cherubino and Despina in the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy at the Opéra de Bordeaux. There will also be scenic concerts: #tellmethetruthaboutlove (baroque pastiche) directed by Robert Carsen and directed by William Christie with Jakub Josef Orlinski in Versailles, Spoleto and NY; “Magic Mozart” directed by Clément Debailleul, directed by Laurence Equilbey at the Seine Musicale; “Venus & Adonis/Blow” at NY and Chicago. And in concerts: “Odyssée Baroque” tour with Les Arts Florissants, «Vivaldi» and «Chiaroscuro – Monteverdi» tour with Jupiter Ensemble.

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© Stéfan Brion