Lea Desandre Mezzo-soprano

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Of Franco-Italian origin, Lea Desandre studied in Venice with Sara Mingardo, joined William Christie's Jardin des Voix in 2015 and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence's Mozart Academy in 2016. She was named Révélation lyrique at the Victoires de la Musique awards in 2017.

That same season, she made her debut at the Opéra Comique in the title role of Alcione. She appeared at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in summer 2017 in Erismena (Flerida), then made her Salzburg Festival debut in Le Coronnement de Poppée (Valletto / Amore) in summer 2018. She has been returning faithfully ever since: Orphée aux Enfers (Venus) and La Morte d'Abel (Abel) in 2019, Così fan tutte (Despina) in 2020 and 2021. She sings the role of Urbain (Les Huguenots) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Idamante (Idomeneo) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Rosina (Le Barbier de Séville) at the Opéra de Rouen, Annio (La Clémence de Titus) at the Salzburg Festival, Amour (Orphée) at the Opéra Comique. Nominated in the Lyric Artist category at the Victoires de la Musique awards in 2021 and 2023, she sang Cherubino (Les Noces de Figaro) at the Festival d'Aix en Provence, the Zurich Opera, the Gran Teatre del Lieu in Barcelona and the Opéra de Lausanne.

Last season, she won the Opus Klassik "Singer of the Year" prize, singing Cherubino in Salzburg and Zurich and Didon (Dido and Aeneas) in Madrid. In the 2023-2024 season, she sings the title roles of Ariodante on European tour and Samson at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, as well as Idamante and Annio (concert version) at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Her concerts and recitals have taken her to the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmoniker, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Sydney Opera House, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie de Paris and Opéra de Versailles. Lea Desandre records exclusively for Erato / Warner Classics, with whom she has released the albums "Amazone", "Eternal Heaven" and, in autumn 2023, "Idylle".

At the Opéra national de Paris: Les Noces de Figaro (Cherubino), 2022; Roméo et Juliette (Stéphano), 2023

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