Lea Desandre

Mezzo-soprano

 

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Revealed at the age of twenty by William Christie, French-Italian singer Lea Desandre joined the Jardin des Voix academy in 2015. She then was awarded Revelation of the French classical Music in 2017.

Lea studied in Venice with Sara Mingardo and trained as a ballet dancer for 12 years.

Since 2015, she has been noticed in various roles such as Urbain Les Huguenots/Meyerbeer, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia/Rossini, Annio La Clemenza di Tito/Mozart, Sesto Giulio Cesare/Handel, Dido Dido & Aeneas/Purcell, Valletto & Amore Incoronazione di Poppea/Monteverdi, Messaggiera Orfeo/Monteverdi, Alcione Alcione/Marais, Erismena/Cavalli or La Morte d’Abel/Caldara.

Her musical versatility led her to perform with an orchestra in a “one woman show” (pastiche by Rameau) at the Opéra Comique, as well as in the Farinelli Gala of the Salzburger Festspiele alongside Cecilia Bartoli.

Her concerts and recitals led her to sing all around the world: Wigmore Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikverein Wien, Walts Disney Concert Hall (LA), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Sydney Opera House, Opéra de Genève, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Shanghai Symphony Hall…

Committed to chamber music, Lea Desandre regularly performs with lutenist Thomas Dunford and his ensemble: Jupiter

Lea Desandre is invited to sing with prestigious conductors such as William Christie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Louis Langrée, Raphäel Pichon, Jordi Savall, Marc Minkowski, Emmanuelle Haïm, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon… as well as renowned directors : Barrie Kosky, Christopher Loy or Jan Lauwers.

Her discography includes “Barricades” with Jean Rondeau (Erato/2020), « Vivaldi » with Ensemble Jupiter (Alpha/2019), « Handel Italian Cantatas » with Sabine Devieilhe (Erato/2018,) « Berenice Che fai » with Opera Fuoco (Aparté/2018) and « Cities » with Thibault Cauvin (Sony/2018).

Among her projects in 2020-21, Lea will be singing : Mozart’s Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro at the Aix en Provence Festival, Idamante Idomeneo at the Staatsoper Berlin, Tamiri Re Pastore at the Salzburg Mozartwoche .

Her next concert tour will celebrate the release of her first solo album “Amazones” (Erato) with the Jupiter ensemble – Philharmonie de Paris, Berlin Philharmoniker, Wigmore hall …

She will also be performing in Hippolyte et Aricie/Rameau at the Opéra Comique and in Orphée/Gluck at the Opéra de Versailles.

 

 

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