Lea Desandre

The operatic newcomer award winner at France’s Victoires de la Musique Classique 2017, the Franco-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre also won the HSBC prize at the Festival of Aix en Provence in 2016. Having trained in Paris, then in Venice, with Sara Mingardo, she was also a ballet dancer for 12 years.

At the young age of 20, she was the winner of the prestigious Jardin des Voix of William Christie with whom she set off on a world tour: Alice Tully Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, KKL Luzern, Philharmonie de Paris. After embodying Dorabella in the premiere of Nicolas Bacri’s “Cosi fanciulli” at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2014, she first appeared at the Shanghai Symphony Hall in the works of Handel, as Sesto (“Giulio Cesare”) and Ruggiero (“Alcina”) conducted by David Stern, then at the Theater an der Wien with Raphael Pichon as Céphie in “Zoroastre” (Rameau).

The 2017 season has presented for this mezzo-soprano the opportunity to make her debut on the Paris stage at the Opéra Comique in the title role of “Alcyone” (Marin Marais) conducted by Jordi Savall. She has also stood out in the role of Messaggiera in “Orfeo” (Monteverdi) at the Musikverein Wien, in Madrid and at the Philharmonie de Paris, as well as the Festival d’Aix en Provence as Flerida in a new production of “Erismena” (Cavalli).

Deeply attached to chamber music, Lea Desandre also gives recitals with her accomplice the lutist Thomas Dunford (Konzerthaus Wien, Opéra de Bordeaux, Salle Cortot) or else French song with the pianist Sarah Ristorcelli.