Lea Desandre

Mezzo-soprano

 

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« Revelation Lyrical Artist of the Victories of Classical Music 2017 », HSBC award for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Young Soloist Award for Francophone Media 2018, she was recognized at the age of 20 by William Christie and joined the “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 and natural place of expression for Lea Desandre. Since 2015, each season marks new entries to her repertoire, with her first trousers and handelian roles such as Sesto (Giulio Cesare) and Ruggiero (Alcina), but also the titles of Alcione/Marais to the Opera Comique (Paris), the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Erismena/Cavalli, and Abel in The Death of Abel/Caldara. She is a notable performer of Messaggiera (Orfeo/Monteverdi), Dido (Dido & Aeneas/Purcell), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito/Mozart), Amour (Orphée/Gluck-Berlioz), Valletta and Amore (The Coronation of Poppée/Monterverdi), Venus (Orphée to the Hells/Offenbach). Her musical versatility also led her to reveal herself in a « one woman show » (pastiche by Rameau) at the Comic Opera, as well as in the great Farinelli Gala of the Salzburger Festspiele, alongside Cecilia Bartoli.

Her concerts and recitals lead her to sing around 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, Opera Royal de Versailles, Philarmonie de Paris, Opera de Bordeaux, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opera de Royan, Dijon, Lille Opera House, Sydney Opera house, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Theater and der Wien, Shanghai Symphony Hall, KKL Luzern, Teatros del Canal (Madrid) as well as the Opera-Comique and Salzburger Festspiele for several consecutive years.

She is very committed to chamber music and regularly performs in concert with Thomas Dunford and the Ensemble Jupiter.

Lea Desandre is invited to sing with prestigious conductors and musicians such as William Christie, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Raphäel Pichon, Emmanuelle Haim, Jordi Savall, Thomas Dunford, Jean Rondeau, Christophe Rousset, Laurence Equilbey, Gianluca Capuano, Fabio Biondi, David Stern and Leonardo Garcia Alarcon; as well. As renowned director: Barrie Kosky, Jan Lauwers, Jean-Yves Ruf Aurélien Bory ,Jean Bellorini, Clément Debailleul…

In her discography, among those, are « Vivaldi » with Ensemble Jupiter (Alpha) 2019, « Handel Italian Cantatas » with Sabine Devieilhe and Emmanuelle Haim/Le concert d’Astre. (Erato) 2018, « Berenice Che fai » (Apartée) with Opera Fuoco or « Cities » with Thibault Cauvin (Sony) 2018.

 

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