"Lea Desandre brought life and beauty to everything she touched"
New  York  Times

« 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, Lea Desandre 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 transvestite 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, Love 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 « single stage » (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 chefs 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, « 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.

The 2O19-2O season marks an important turning point for Lea Desandre. She will make her debut in many emblematic roles of repertoire:

Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia/ Rossin at the Opera of Rouen, Urban Les Huguenots/Meyerbeer at the Grand Theater of Geneva, Cherubino and Despina in the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy at the Opera of Bordeaux.

 

In addition to concerts stage/shows: #tellmethetruthaboutlove (baroque pastiche) staging by Robert Carsen and directed by William Christie with Jakub Josef Orlinski in Versailles, Spoleto and NY; « Magic Mozart » directed by Clement Debailleul, directed by Laurence Equilbey at the Seine Musicale, « Venus & Adonis/Blow » in NY and Chicago.

And in concerts: « Odyssey Baroque » tour with Les Arts Florissants ; Tours « Vivaldi » and Chiaroscuro - Monteverdi with the Ensemble Jupiter.

BACRI
Cosi Fanciulli – Dorabella 

BLOW

Venus and Adonis- Venus 

BELLINI
I Capuleti ei  Montecchi - Roméo 

CAVALLI
Erismena – Flerida 

CHABRIER
L’étoile – Lazuli

CHARPENTIER

Actéon - Junon 

DEBUSSY

Pelléas et Mélisande - Mélisande 

GOUNOD
Roméo et Juliette – Stéphano
Faust – Siebel

GLUCK
Orphée et Euridice – Orphée, Amour

HANDEL
Ariodante – Ariodante 
Giulio Cesare – Sesto, Cleopatra 
Alcina – Ruggiero 

MARAIS
Alcione – Alcione 

MASSENET

Cendrillon - Cendrillon, Le Prince 

Chérubin - Chérubin 

MEYERBEER

Les Huguenots - Urbain​ 

MONTEVERDI

L’Incoronazione di Poppea – Valletto, Amore 

Orfeo – Messaggiera, Speranza, Proserpina 

MOZART
Le Nozze di Figaro – Cherubino 
La Clemenza di Tito – Annio 

Idomeneo - Idamante 
La Finta Giardiniera – Don Ramiro 
Don Giovanni – Zerlina 
Cosi Fan Tutte – Despina 

OFFENBACH
Les contes d’Hoffmann – Nicklausse 
La Périchole – Mastrilla/Frasquinella 

Orphée aux Enfers - Cupidon, Vénus 

RAMEAU

Castor et Pollux - Télaïre 

Les Surprises de l'Amour - Uranie 

Les Fêtes d'Hébé - Iphise 

Dardanus - Vénus 

Zoroastre - Erinice 

RAVEL
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges – L’enfant, l’écureuil

PURCELL
Fairy Queen – Sop
Dido and Aeneas – Dido 

ROSSINI
Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Rosina
La Cenerentola – Cenerentola

VIVALDI
Il Tamerlano – Andronico

BERLIOZ 

Roméo et Juliette - Mezzo Soprano

Les Nuits d'Eté

HANDEL
La Lucrezia
Armida Abbandonata
Giu nei Tartarei
Che vai pensando

Aminta e Fillide (Fillide)

HAYDN

Berenice che fai

MERULA

Canzonetta sopra alla nanna

MONTEVERDI

Lettera Amorosa

Lamento d'Arianna

Lamento della Ninfa

MOZART
Ch’io mi scordi di te

Chi sa, chi sa

Vado, ma dove ?

STROZZI

Eraclito Amorosa 

Lagrime mie

BACH

Magnificat – Sop 2

Messe en si – Sop 2

HANDEL

Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno – Piacere

Dixit Dominus – Soprano 2

MONTEVERDI

Vespro della Beata Vergine - Sop

MOZART

Requiem – Alto

Messe en Ut - Sop 2

VIVALDI

Juditha Triumphans – Judith

In turbato mare irato

Sum in medio tempestatum

Longe mala

Et in Arcadia Ego (Rameau)

2018 Opéra Comique (Paris) Lea Desandre: Marguerite (alone on stage) C.Rousset - Phia Ménard C.Pierre Grosbois