Lea Desandre



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After a remarkable debut in the Mozartian repertoire as Despina (Cosi fan tutte/Mozart) at the Salzburg Festival in 2020, Lea Desandre, the Franco-Italian mezzo soprano, consolidates her affinity with the Austrian composer over the seasons. Cherubin (Le Nozze di Figaro/Mozart) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2021, she will make her debut with him in 2021-22 in prestigious houses: the Paris Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Liceu Barcelona and the Lausanne Opera.

This season will also see the release of her first solo album for Erato/Warner “Amazone” with the Jupiter Ensemble/Thomas Dunford. She will perform at the Staatsoper Berlin, Philharmonie de Paris, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie de Berlin, Opéra de Bordeaux, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Palau de la Musica Barcelona.

Hailed as Annio (La Clemenza di Tito/Mozart) in 2021 at the Whitsun Festival Salzburg, she reunited with John Eliot Gardiner for Les Nuits d’Eté/Berlioz and Despina (Cosi fan tutte/Mozart) at the Salzburg Festspiele. Since 2015, Lea Desandre has been noticed in many roles such as Urbain (Les Huguenots/Meyerbeer) at the Geneva Opera, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia/Rossini), Dido (Dido and Aeneas/Purcell), Alcione (Alcione/Marais) at the Opéra Comique, Sesto (Giulio Cesare/Händel), Valletto and Amore (Incoronazione di Poppea/Monteverdi) in Salzburg, Messaggiera (Orfeo/Monteverdi) in New York and Washington.

Noticed at the age of twenty by William Christie, Lea Desandre was named “Revelation Lyric Artist” at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique Classique and nominated in the category “Lyric Artist” in 2021. She studied in Venice with Sara Mingardo and trained for twelve years in classical dance.

Lea Desandre has been invited to sing with prestigious conductors and musicians such as Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Hengelbrock, Myung Whun Chung, Joana Mallwitz, William Christie, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Enrique Mazzola, Raphaël Pichon, Marc Minkowski, Emmanuelle Haïm; as well as with renowned directors: Barrie Kosky, Christof Loy, Jan Lauwers, Lotte de Beer, Netia Jones, Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, James Gray or Jean-Yves Ruf.

Her concerts and recitals have taken him all over the world: Wigmore Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikverein Wien, Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra de Bordeaux, Sydney Opera House, Opéra de Genève, Shanghai Symphony Hall …

Very attached to chamber music, she regularly performs in concert with Thomas Dunford & his Ensemble Jupiter. Her musical versatility has also led her to reveal herself in a “seul en scène” (a pastiche of Rameau) at the Opéra Comique, as well as in the great Farinelli Gala at the Salzburger Festspiele alongside Cecilia Bartoli.

Her discography includes her first solo recital for Erato/Warner “Amazone” with the Ensemble Jupiter (Erato/2021), “Barricades” with Jean Rondeau and Thomas Dunford (Erato/2020), “Vivaldi” with the Ensemble Jupiter (Alpha/2019), “Handel Italian Cantatas” with Sabine Devieilhe and Emmanuelle Haïm/Le Concert d’Astrée (Erato/2018) or “Cities” with Thibault Cauvin (Sony/2018).