Born in 1993, the French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre studied in Paris, then in Venice, while at the same time dancing classical ballet for twelve years. She unanimously won First Prize as “Young Hope” at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in 2013, before joining the opera studio of the Opera Fuoco in 2014, while also deepening her knowledge of the repertoire with Sara Mingaro, Véronique Gens, Vivica Genaux, Malcolm Walker, Esthel Durand and Christine Schweitzer. She was awarded the HSBC Prize in 2016 at the Festival d’Aix en Provence. In 2017, she wins the Victoire de la Musique Classique 2017 in the « Révélation Artiste Lyrique » category.
After being a winner at the 7th edition of the Jardin des Voix, Académie des Arts Florissants, Lea Desandre started performing worldwide under the baton of William Christie: the Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Center, Perth International Arts Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Concert Hall of LKK Luzern, the Opéra de Bordeaux, Hong-Kong City Hall, and the Théâtre de Caen.
For the 2014-2015 season, Lea Desandre sang Sesto in Giulio Cesare (Handel) and the Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) at the Shanghai Symphony Hall. She also started out at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées as Dorabella in the creation of Cosi Fanciulli (Bacri) directed by Jean-Yves Ruf. Summer 2015 marked her first participation in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, as part of the Handel Academy, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, and also the Mozart Academy.
For the 2015-2016 season, she returned to the Shanghai Symphony Hall with a new role by Handel: Ruggiero in Alcina, conducted by David Stern. Lea Desandre is also taking part in the revival of the Jardin des Voix, conducted by Paul Agnew at the Warsaw Philharmonic, La Coursive at La Rochelle and Besançon Theater; then comes her participation at the Festival Misteria Paschalia, Cracow, as Angelo in Oratorio di Santo Antonio (Flaco) directed by Fabio Biondi, Médée (Cherubini) at the Opéra de Dijon, her participation in the Festival Ré Majeure with Les Musiciens du Louvre in a programme of Handel cantatas. In the summer of 2016, she appeared for the first time at the Festival de Beaune as Andronico in Tamerlano (Vivaldi) with Les Accents, as well as with Raphaël Pichon and his Pygmalion Ensemble in the role of Céphie in Zoroastre (Rameau), before singing the same role at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Festival de Radio France, Montpellier.
In 2016-2017, Lea Desandre will be performing her first leading role at the Opéra Comique, Alcione (Marin-Marais), conducted by Jordi Savall. She will also for the first time be singing the Messagiera in Orfeo (Monteverdi) with Les Arts Florissants at the Philharmonie de Paris, Caen, Versailles and Madrid. This year will be marked by revivals of Zoroastre (Rameau) at the Thatre an der Wien, as well as the Opéra de Versailles; a final tour with Le Jardin des Voix to Tokyo, Seoul, Macao and Shanghai; the Second Fairy in Fairy Queen (Purcell) with Willian Christie in Luxembourg, and her return to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in the role of Flerida in Erismena (Cavalli) with Capella Mediterranea and Leonardo Garcia Alarcon.